Hijab crisis, my major challenge, says ex-UI DVC

Ibadan – Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, the immediate Past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of the University of Ibadan, says the Hijab crisis which rocked the International School of the institution remains the greatest challenge in his tenure.

Members of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, protest victimisation of secondary school students using Hijab by principals at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

Aderinto made this disclosure on Wednesday at a reception held in his honour by the Department of Sociology of the university.

Aderinto bowed out of office after finishing his two-year term of office as deputy vice chancellor.

He stated that pressures were mounted on him from both within and outside the university system during the crisis.

Aderinto, however, said that he was able to ensure that the existing laws were obeyed irrespective of the parties’ religious, social and educational affiliations.

According to him, the International School Ibadan remains a centre of excellence and has been winning international awards due to the commitment of those managing its affairs.

“With the support of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, we have made progress in virtually every area with the available meager resources available to the university.

“I know the vice chancellor will continue to achieve greater feats before he leaves office.

“I have discharged my duties as assigned with diligence and integrity and I thank God that I finished in good health.

“I grew up in UI and the institution is all I know. I will continue to contribute my quota to its development and greatness,” Aderinto said.

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In his address, Prof. Ifeanyi Onyeonoru, the Head Department of Sociology, described Aderinto as a goal getter.

He described Aderinto’s achievements in office as great feats and admonished office holders to show excellence in the discharge of their duties.

“Service to humanity and societal development rather than selfish aggrandisement should guide those holding key positions in society so they will have a good return to their home when they leave office,’’ he said.

NAN reports that until the expiration of his term, Aderinto was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of International School at a time some Muslim parents canvassed the wearing of hijab by their female wards. (NAN)

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