‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, – The Council of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has announced a Professor of law and jurisprudence Wahab Olassupo Egbewole (SAN) as the next vice chancellor of the institution.
Prof Egbewole succeeds outing Vice Chancellor Prof Sulyman Age AbdulKareem whose tenure ends October 15.
UNILORIN’s Chairman, Governing Council Mallam A. Yazid told reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, adding that the 61 years old new vice chancellor has been with the university for the last 25 years.
Yazid said: “In accordance with the laws of this university, the University of Ilorin CAP U7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, the tenure of the current vice-chancellor is due to lapse on the 15th of October 2022, the council of the university began the process of appointing a new vice chancellor as far back as March 2022.
“We advertised nationwide for applicants and also through our website. We eventually received some 29 applications from this effort.
“Even before the returns were in, however, we mounted a special search process by which we reached out to no less than 56 people in Universities and other institutions, both at home and abroad.
“In the end, we shortlisted 13 candidates who fulfilled our advertisement and other conditions.
“We specifically looked for candidates who would support and be sympathetic to the needs of our students, interface and work smoothly with other faculty members, who would be mindful of the needs and aspirations of our host community, as well as the candidate, in our opinion would be truly concerned about the progress of the university and our responsibility to our nation.”
Egbewole (SAN), a barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria having been called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985; he got his first degree from the then University of Ife in 1984 afer which he proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he obtained his BL (Law) in 1985. He obtained his master’s degree in Law (LL.M) from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1989 and a Phd in Law from University of Ilorin in 2009. He worked as a clerk in the defunct African Continental Bank Ltd in 1981.
He started his career as a legal practitioner in the Ministry of Justice in Ilorin in 1985 where he served as a youth corp member. He joined Femi Ibitoye & co. in Ilorin in 1986 where he rose to the Head of Corporate Affairs Department. He left Femi Ibitoye & co. finally in 1995 to establish his own firm, Wahab Egbewole & Co. where he is currently the Head of Practice.
He became a Notary Public in 1995, he is a member of various learned/professional societies, to mention but a few, Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Society of International Law, Nigerian Assiciation of Law Teachers, African Bar Association, International Bar Association e.t.c. he is a fellow, Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP). He is also a member of various law review committees cutting across Oyo, Osun and Kwara States. He was a member, Council of Legal Education from 2007 to 2012, member, Board of Studies Council of Legal Education from 2007 to 2010, member, Governing Council of Office of Public Defender of Kwara State from 2010 to 2011, Member Governing Council University of Ilorin from 2015 to date. He is a Professor in the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin from 2012 to date.
He has lots of publications in different areas of Law.