- The suspended vice-chancellor of UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has been reinstated
- Ogundipe was suspended by the authority of the institution over alleged misappropriation of funds
- The presidency, however, said Ogundipe's removal did not follow due process
The federal government on Wednesday, November 11, reinstated the suspended vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Legit.ng gathered that Ogundipe's reinstatement was contained in a statement issued by the director of press and public relations, ministry of education, Ben-Bem Goong, in Abuja.
The statement which was titled, ‘Re: Report of special visitation panel to UNILAG, said the removal of Prof. Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor did not follow due process.
According to Goong, President Muhammadu Buhari gave his approval of the report of the special visitation panel to the University of Lagos.
Part of the statement read:
“The highlights of the findings and recommendations approved by president are as follows – the removal of Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor did not follow due process."
It went on to point out that the suspended VC was not given an opportunity to defend himself on the allegations levelled against him which prompted his removal. The statement added:
“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 statement further noted that the process adopted by the council in the appointment of Prof. 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.
The president ordered for immediate dissolution of the governing council headed by Wale Babalakin.
It also added:
“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.”
Recall that Wale Babalakin, the pro-chancellor of UNILAG, had revealed reasons for the removal of Ogundipe from office.
During a conversation with journalists on Friday, August 14, he said Ogundipe was sacked due to gross misconduct and misappropriation of funds.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) at the University of Ibadan declared that the Senate of the university has no power to punish their members for protesting the appointment of the new VC.
It was reported that some members of the Senate of the institution had on Wednesday, November 3, threatened to punish SSANU and NASU members who participated in a protest against the ongoing selection process in the university.
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