Crisis Looms At Unilag Over Removal Of VC

Serious crisis looming over the removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos by Oladejo Azeez, as the embattled vice Chancellor insisted that he remains the vice Chancellor of the instistution..

Mr Ogundipe was said to have been removed at the council’s meeting held Wednesday at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission, Abuja.

The conflict between the university’s governing council and the management reached a head in March when its week-long 2020 convocation was abruptly cancelled just before it started.

In attendance were 11 of the 12 council members, the VC included, majority of whom voted for the removal of Mr Ogundipe.

Mr Ogundipe was accused of financial impropriety and gross misconduct.

Mikhail Mumuni, the media adviser to chairman of the governing council, Wale Babalakin, confirmed the development.

He, however, declined further comments, saying only the registrar of the university can provide details of the development.

The cancellation, which was ordered by the NUC, Nigerian universities’ regulatory body, was in response to a directive by the education minister, Adamu Adamu.

Mr Adamu gave the directive in response to a letter written to the vice-chancellor by the council chairman, accusing Mr Ogundipe of failing to share important details about the ceremony with the council.

In a statement personally signed byProfessor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS Vice Chancellor, Unilag, 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.

According to the Vice chancellor, “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”.

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