UniLag Crisis: Reinstated VC Ogundipe returns, addresses cheerful crowd
NEWSMAN, Lagos – Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has said the management of the institution remained committed to working for and maintaining peaceful coexistence among staff members.
Ogundipe spoke shortly after his arrival from Abuja on Thursday, to a jubilant crowd that had besieged the institution’s main gate.
The university community was agog as members trooped out in their numbers to welcome the reinstated vice-chancellor back to the office.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had on Wednesday, announced the reinstatement of Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor of the university after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the report of a Special Visitation Panel.
The panel was set up by the Federal Government to investigate the crisis that had rocked the institution, which had earlier led to Ogundipe’s removal as vice-chancellor.
The report approved by President Buhari, however, stated that the removal of Ogundipe by the Dr. Wale Babalakin-led Governing Council did not follow due process, leading to his reinstatement.
Babalakin had since resigned from his appointment.
Addressing the crowd, Ogundipe commended the Federal Government for its timely intervention in ensuring that peace was restored as quickly as possible in the university.
“Let me start by saying a big thank you to the visitor of this university, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Executive Secretary, NUC.
”I want to assure you that we will do everything possible from our own side as management to ensure that we support the staff and I want to renew my commitment to UNILAG. I have put in over 30 years in the system, so I want to call on everyone to join hands with this management to work together to continue to ensure that our university remains globally competitive.
Also speaking, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, immediate past acting Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development Services, said the ceremony was historic, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
“Today is a day of victory, a day that we celebrate the university system, a day for introspection. We also recognise today that no one person is bigger than this our dear institution, and with this, I formally hand over the administration of this institution to the rightful person, the vice-chancellor”, She said.