The crisis rocking the university over the conflicts between the university management and its governing council’s leadership took a new dimension on Wednesday after the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, was announced sacked by the governing council of the institution.
A source revealed to worldtopnewsng.com that Professor Ogundipe remain Unilag VC.
His removal was announced during a meeting of the Governing Council of the institution which held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) building in Abuja on Wednesday.
However, Ogundipe statement made available to worldtopnewsng.com a counter-statement, in which he refuted his removal from office, stressing that he remains the sitting VC of UNILAG.
Ogundipe’s statement reads:
Re: Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos by Oladejo Azeez, Esq
The attention of the University of Lagos (Unilag) management has been drawn to the ‘Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos’; dated August 12, 2020 and signed by Oladejo Azeez, Esq, Registrar and Secretary to Council, stating that the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS has been removed from office with immediate effect.This is untrue and a figment of his imagination. Therefore, stakeholders of Unilag and the general public are advised to disregard this mischievous disinformation about the sitting Vice-Chancellor of Unilag, contained in that notice. Professor Ogundipe still remains Unilag’s Vice-Chancellor.
Activities leading to Ogundipe’s sack”
Mr Ogundipe was removed at the council’s meeting held Wednesday at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission, Abuja.
In attendance were at least 11 council members, the VC included, majority of whom voted for the removal of Mr Ogundipe.
The meeting was presided over by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN).
A statement by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr. Oladejo Azeez titled: Notice to the General Public on the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos” based the decision on gross misconduct, financial recklessness among others.
It reads: “The general public is hereby notified that at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday 12 August 2020 and in accordance with the statutory power vested in it by law, the Governing Council of the University of Lagos removed Prof. Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS from office as Vice-Chancellor of the University with immediate effect.
“The decision was based on the Council’s investigation of serious acts of wrongdoing, gross misconduct, financial recklessness, and abuse of office against Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe.”
Recall the crisis was heightened during the varsity’s 2020 convocation ceremony was abruptly cancelled after some activities scheduled to be part of the event had already started.
The development was condemned by relevant stakeholders including graduands, parents, alumni members and workers of the institution.
The cancellation, which was ordered by the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigerian universities’ regulatory authority, was in response to a directive by the education minister, Adamu Adamu.
Mr Adamu had responded to a letter addressed to the vice-chancellor by the council chairman, accusing the vice-chancellor of failure to share important details of the ceremony with the council.