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Babalakin resigns as UNILAG Pro-Chancellor

NEWSMAN, Lagos – University of Lagos (UNILAG) Pro-Chancellor, Wale Babalakin, has resigned, following the alleged disagreement with the federal government’s visitation panel sent to the university.

Babalakin said there were too many vested interests in the UNILAG leadership crisis, hence tendered his resignation letter which was addressed to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and copied to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He thanked Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Pro-Chancellor from May 2017, stating that all federal government representatives who are the independent members on the Governing Council voted for the Vice-Chancellor’s removal.

“I am also grateful that I was considered fit to be the Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team on the Agreement reached with university unions in 2009, from 6th January 2017 till date. I equally want to thank you sir, for your role in recommending me to the President.

“Recent events have made my position in these two offices untenable.

“I led the Governing Council of the University to remove the Vice-Chancellor of the University from office for amongst other reasons: (a)Corruption and financial recklessness; (b)Forgery; (c) Complicity in the collapse of the University library and planned cover up; (d) Deliberate policy of wrongfully concealing information; ( e) Depriving the Faculties in the University of funds; (f)Concealing and distorting finances of the Internally Generating Units of the University; (g)Undermining the academic process and seeking to appoint a Professor by fiat; (h) Siphoning of the University’s funds through dubious contract awards; (i)Undermining the office of the Registrar; (j) Failure to follow due process in organizing the University’s convocation ceremony; and (k)Sponsoring or acquiescing in the unconstitutional actions of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos chapter.

“Sir, it is noteworthy that all the Federal Government Representatives who are the independent members on the Governing Council voted for the removal of the Vice-Chancellor.

He faulted the terms of reference of the committee, noting that they were set to achieve a predetermined agenda, while insisting that the membership of the panel was inappropriate.

“How can a committee of Vice-Chancellors determine the culpability or otherwise of the actions of a Pro-Chancellor and a Governing Council?” On the face of it, it is simply wrong! Furthermore, the Vice-Chancellors on the Panel were drawn from relatively smaller universities who are not likely to have a comprehensive understanding of the procedure contained in the University of Lagos Act (as amended).

“Even Vice-Chancellors of state universities were included. As Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team, I know the challenges faced with the administration of state universities. I only appeared before the Panel out of my very great respect for you, Sir. My training as a lawyer revealed to me very clearly, that the Panel was inappropriate for the assignment.

Babalakin said he had served the university system in Nigeria with all his heart and intellect yet never received any remuneration.

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