By Gabriel Dike

The Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Wednesday removed the Vice Chancellor, Prof Olawatoyin Ogundipe for alleged misconduct.
Ogundipe’s sack was announced during meeting of the Governing Council of UNILAG held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) Complex in Abuja.

A management staff told our correspondent that seven members voted for the removal of Prof Ogundipe while four voted against. It was further gathered that one of the council member voted that the VC should be suspended.

The emergency council meeting was presided over by UNILAG Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin.

The conflict between the university’s governing council and the management reached a head in March when its week-long 2020 convocation was abruptly cancelled just before it started.

The cancellation, which was ordered by the NUC, Nigerian universities’ regulatory body, was in response to a directive by the education minister, Adamu Adamu.

In a swift reaction, the Vice Chancellor has debunked the removal in a statement signed by him. According to the release “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.”

It added “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.”

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