Buhari reinstates suspended UNILAG VC, Ogundipe
NEWSMAN, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated the suspended Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
This was made known in a statement from the Ministry of Education’s Director Press and Public Relations, Ben-Bem Goong, on Wednesday.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Visitor to the University of Lagos has approved the Report of the Special Visitation Panel to the University of Lagos.
“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 statement read.
The statement noted that “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 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,” it said.
The federal government had intervened in the crisis that led to the controversial removal of Mr Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor by the Wale Babalakin-led governing council of the university on August 12, and both Ogundipe and Babalakin were asked to step aside until the conclusion of its investigation into the crisis.
However, the statement added that “the Governing Council of the University of Lagos Chaired by Dr. B. O. Babalakin is hereby dissolved, and that President Buhari hopes these steps will bring peace, stability, focus and direction to the University.”