Buhari dissolves UNILAG governing council, reinstates Ogundipe as VC

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Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the dissolution of the Dr Wale Babalakin-led Governing Council of the University of Lagos, Akoka, with immediate effect over the leadership crisis that engulfed the institution earlier in the year.

He has also approved the reinstatement of the suspended Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, indicating that his removal was without due process.

Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben-Bem Goong, conveyed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said the President after careful review of the report has approved all the recommendations of the Panel.

Buhari in taking the decision said he hoped the steps would bring peace, stability, focus and direction to the University, while also directing that all allegations made against the Vice-Chancellor and the management of the University before and after the Constitution of the Special Visitation Panel should be referred to regular Visitation Panel for a thorough investigation and necessary recommendations.

“The process adopted by the Council in the appointment of Professor Omololu Soyombo as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University was inconsistent with the provisions of the Law relating to the appointment of an Acting Vice-Chancellor.

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“The Governing Council should be dissolved.

“The highlights of the findings and recommendations approved by Mr President are as follows:

“The removal of Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe as the Vice-Chancellor did not follow due process.

“The Vice-Chancellor was not granted an opportunity to defend himself on the allegations upon which his removal was based. He should accordingly be re-instated.

“All allegations made against the Vice-Chancellor and the management of the University before and after the Constitution of the Special Visitation Panel should be referred to regular Visitation Panel for a thorough investigation and necessary recommendations.

“The Governing Council of the University of Lagos Chaired by Dr B. O. Babalakin is hereby dissolved.

“Mr President hopes these steps will bring peace, stability, focus and direction to the University,”.

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