The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has appointed Monioluwa Olaniyi, a professor, as the third deputy vice-chancellor (DVC) of the institution.


According to NAN, Ibrahim Sheme, NOUN’s director of media and publicity, broke the news in Abuja on Wednesday.

Sheme said the appointment of the female professor as a pioneer DVC followed the approval of the university’s senate.

According to the statement, the appointment makes the university the only one in Nigeria with three deputy VCs.


It also makes Olaniyi the second female emerging as DVC since the inception of the school.

Prior to her appointment, Olaniyi was the dean at NOUN’s Faculty of Sciences.

Her letter of appointment, which was issued by Felix Edoka, the registrar, read: “I am pleased to inform you that the governing council, at its 66th meeting held on 14th of July, 2021, approved your appointment


“…as the pioneer deputy vice-chancellor (technology, innovation & research) following your election by the university senate at its meeting held on 7th of July, 2021.

“As deputy vice-chancellor (technology, innovation & research) you are expected to report to the vice-chancellor and to assist him in the day-to-day administration of the university.”

In the same vein, the governing council also approved the appointment of Isaac Butswat, also a professor, as DVC (administration), with effect from July 14, also for a period of two years.

According to the registrar, Butswat is also to assist Olufemi Peters, the VC, in the day-to-day administration of the university.


Butswat was, before now, the dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. He is to now replace Justus Shokefun, the immediate past DVC, who served from 2019 to 2021.

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