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UNILAG: President Buhari orders the reinstatement of sacked VC

UNILAG: President Buhari orders the reinstatement of sacked VC Oluwatoyin Ogundipe
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Emeh Joy

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reinstatement of the University of Lagos Vice-Chancellor, Professor Toyin Ogundipe, saying his removal by the Governing Council did not follow due process.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities as well as the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNILAG Branch had lauded the President's decision to reinstate the Professor, Punch News reported.

According to FG, the process adopted by the council in the appointment of Prof Omololu Soyombo as acting Vice-Chancellor of the university was not consistent with the provisions of the law as regards the appointment of an acting Vice-Chancellor.

The decision was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director. Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Ben Goong.

The statement was titled, "Re: Report of the Special Visitation Panel to the University of Lagos". The statement also dissolved the Governing Council chaired by Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN).

The statement read, "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 recommendation approved by Mr. President are as follows: The removal of Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe as the Vice Chancellor did not follow due process.

"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 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.

"Accordingly, Prof. 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.

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities UNILAG branch, Dr Dele Ashiru, described the reinstatement of the formerly sacked VC as a confirmation that his removal was not only illegal but vindicative.

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