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Breaking: President Buhari Reinstates Prof. Ogundipe As UNILAG VC, Dissolves Governing Council




President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated Prof. Oluwatoyin
Ogundipe as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘Re: Report of
special visitation panel to UNILAG’ by Ben-Bem Goong, Director Press
and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Education.
The President also dissolved the Governing Council of the institution
led by Dr. B.O Babalakin. The statement reads in part: “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 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.
“The Governing Council should be dissolved. “Mr. President after careful review of the report has approved all the recommendations of the Panel. ‘Accordingly, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe is hereby reinstated as the
Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos. “The Governing Council of the University of Lagos Chaired by Dr. B. O. Babalakin is hereby dissolved. Mr. President hopes these steps will bring peace, stability, focus and direction to the University.”