President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated the suspended University of Lagos Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
He has equally announced the dissolution of the governing council hitherto led by Dr. Wale Babalakin.
President Buhari said this through a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Education, Ben-Bem Goong, and made available to journalists on Wednesday.
He said the decisions were made “to restore peace, stability, focus, and direction that had been missing in the varsity since face-off between the governing council and the reinstated Vice-chancellor started.”
The president arrived at the decisions after a careful review of the report by Special visitation panel set up to address the face-off that crippled academic activities within the institution.
The statement indicated, “Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe is hereby reinstated as the Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG and the Governing Council of the University of Lagos Chaired by Dr. B. O. Babalakin is hereby dissolved.”
He noted that the process adopted by the governing council before Ogundipe’s removal from office and appointment of Prof. Omololu Soyombo as Acting Vice-Chancellor were inconsistent with the law.
He added that Ogundipe was not granted an opportunity to defend himself on the allegations upon which his removal was based while the allegations made against him and the institution’s management before and after the Constitution of the Special Visitation Panel should be referred to regular Visitation Panel for a 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 stated.