The kwara state governor has approved the appointment of youngest VC, Professor Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi as the new Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete. This was contained in a press statement released by the Honourable Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu. It read thus:
“The Kwara State Governor, His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has accepted the recommendation of the Governing Council of the Kwara State University, Malete, with regards to the appointment of Vice Chancellor. Consequently, on behalf of His Excellency, I hereby announce the immediate appointment of Prof. Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi SAN, as the new Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University, Malete”.
“I am similarly conveying His Excellency’s approval of the appointment to the Governing Council of the University, today, Wednesday, the 1st day of April 2020)”.
Professor Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi became a Professor at the age of 40 years and was recently appointed a V.C at 49 years. He is a former Director of Unilorin School of Preliminary Studies and also the son of former President of The court of Appeal and pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences, Justice Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi.
Mixed reactions greet KWASU VC’s appointment
The appointment had been trailed by reactions from different sections of the state.
The Offa Professors’ Forum said that it rejected Akanbi’s appointment, saying that the process of the selection was not fair and against natural Justice.
OPF in a statement signed by it Chairman, Prof. Hussein Oloyede, said the appointment was not in tandem with what Abdulrazaq had promised Kwarans.
OPF said, “Prof. Mahmud Sakah from Kwara North Zone was rated first by the Committee of Council and not Prof. Akanbi from Kwara Central who was rated third behind Prof. Gana also from Kwara North.
A socio-political group in Kwara North, Baruteen Patriotic Agenda, also expressed its grievances towards the state government for overlooking their son, Prof. Mahmoud Sakah as the substantive vice-chancellor of KWASU