UNILAG Crisis: Buhari Suspends Pro-Chancellor, Sacks Acting VC

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday suspended Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of University of Lagos, Dr Wale Babalakin, SAN and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, over the lingering crisis.

According to Tribune, the President who is the Visitor to the University has accordingly constituted a Special Visitation Panel to look into the crisis in the university.

A statement by the Director Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Bem Goong, said both Babalakin and Ogundipe are to recuse themselves from performing their functions in office during the period of the Visitation.

The Panel is to submit its report within two weeks while the Senate of the University has also been directed to convene urgently and appoint an Acting Vice-Chancellor for the university.

With this decision, the President has sacked the Acting Vice-Chancellor purportedly appointed by the Babalakin-led Council.

Source: Tribune

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UNILAG: Confusion As ‘Sacked’ Ogundipe Insists He Remains VC

The ‘sacked’ Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, says he remains helmsman of the Institution, CAMPUS GIST reports.

Prof. Ogundipe was reportedly removed as VC of the Institution at a meeting of the Governing Council chaired by the pro-chancellor, Wale Babalakin, SAN.

He was said to have been sacked over corruption allegations by 7 members of Council. While 4 voted against, 1 asked the VC be suspended.

But in a statement forwarded to CAMPUS GIST personally signed by him, the embattled vice chancellor said the report of his sack is untrue.

Prof. Ogundipe, therefore, urged stakeholders of the University and members of the public to disregard the report, insisting he still remains the VC.

The statement reads, “The attention of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) management has been drawn to the ‘Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos’; dated August 12, 2020 and signed by Oladejo Azeez, Esq, Registrar and Secretary to Council, stating that the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS has been removed from office with immediate effect.

“This is untrue and a figment of his imagination. Therefore, stakeholders of Unilag and the general public are advised to disregard this mischievous disinformation about the sitting Vice Chancellor of Unilag, contained in that notice. Professor Ogundipe still remains Unilag’s Vice Chancellor.”

Meanwhile, two Senate representatives in the UNILAG Governing Council have criticised the pro-chancellor, Babalakin over his alleged role in the embattled VC’s travails.

Professors Olukemi Odukoya and Bola Oboh, in different statements, pointed fingers at Babalakin adding that Ogundipe was not given an opportunity to defend himself against accusations of corruption.

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BREAKING: UNILAG VC, Prof. Ogundipe, Sacked

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Olawatoyin Ogundipe, has been sacked.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that Ogundipe was sacked on Wednesday, by governing council of the Institution.

His removal was announced at a meeting of Council held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) building, Abuja.

The meeting was presided over by Pro-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Wale Babalakin, SAN.

Seven members voted for the removal of Ogundipe as UNILAG VC, while four voted against it.

One member voted that he should be suspended.

Details later…

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