I remain UNILAG VC - Ogundipe counters his removal

The Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe who was sacked by the Governing Council of the University
Emeh Joy

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe reportedly rejected the news of his removal as the University's VC by the institution's governing council.

Clacified Intl reported earlier that the university's governing council through its secretary and university registrar, Oladejo Azeez sacked Mr Ogundipe during an emergency meeting held in Abuja.

The circular which was released after the meeting said that the decision was based on "Council's investigation of serious acts of wrongdoing, gross misconduct, financial recklessness and abuse of office against Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS".

It was quite unclear if the council has the power such as to suspend the Vice-Chancellor. However, prof Ogundipe in a counter statement after the announcement said the public should disregard the council's statement.

Mr Ogundipe described the announcement as mischievous and a figment of the imagination of the council. The counter-statement read;

"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 misinformation about the sitting Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, contained in that notice.

"Professor Ogundipe still remains UNILAG's, Vice-Chancellor".

There seems to have been discord between the university's governing council and the management which heightened in March when its week-long 2020 convocation was cancelled just before it commenced.

The cancellation was ordered by NUC and was in line with the directive given by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

Prof Adamu gave the directive in response to a letter which was written to the Vice-Chancellor by the council chairman accusing him of not sharing important details about the ceremony to the council.

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