UNILAG Governing Council appoints Omololu Soyombo as acting VC

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Ernest Sunday

Following the sacking of the University of Lagos Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olawatoyin Ogundipe on Wednesday the University's council has appointed Prof Omololu Soyombo as the acting Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Olawatoyin Ogundipe after his sacking said in a statement from his office that the public should ignore the news and termed it "untrue".

In his statement he said, “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, the 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.”

UNILAG Registrar Oladejo Azeezh has confirmed that Ogundipe was lawfully removed as the school's Vice-Chancellor at the emergency meeting and confirmed Omalolu Soyombo as the acting Vice-Chancellor.

“My attention has been drawn to a document circulating under the hand and Signature of the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos. Professor Oluwatoyin T Ogundipe, FAS The letter purports to deny his removal by the Governing Council of University at its Emergency Meeting of Wednesday, August 12, 2020

“For the avoidance of doubt, in my capacity as Registrar and Secretary to Council the only custodian of the minutes of Council and the authorising officer on behalf of Council to issue official statements pertaining to all Council Affairs.

“Members of the public are hereby advised to totally disregard the statement attributed to the said former Vice-Chancellor.

“The position remains that he was lawfully removed by the Governing Council at a meeting fully attended by all council members.

“I also wish to use the opportunity to inform members of the public that Council at the said meeting duly appointed Professor Theophilus Omalolu Soyombo of The Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Lagos as Vice-Chancellor of the University in an acting capacity.”

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