President Muhammadu Buhari has returned the sacked UNILAG Vice-Chancellor Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, to the office and issued new order.
OnyxNews Nigeria gathered that the President also dismissed the Governing Council of the University, formerly led by Dr. Wale Babalakin.
The development was announced in a statement by the Federal Ministry of Education’s spokesperson, Ben-Bem Goong on Wednesday.
Goong said Buhari’s decision followed his adoption of the recommendation of the report of the Special Visitation Panel to the university.
Goong added that the President after careful review of the report approved all the recommendations of the Panel.
Babalakin had before now resigned as the Chairman of the Governing Council. And in his replacement is John Momoh, chairman of Channels TV and President of the Alumni association as acting pro chancellor appointed by President Buhari.
Why Buhari Restored Sacked UNILAG VC, Ogundipe
“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 recommendations approved by Mr. President are as follows:
– The removal of Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe as the Vice Chancellor did not follow due process.
– The Vice Chancellor was not granted an opportunity to defend himself on the allegations upon which his removal was based. He should accordingly be re-instated.
– 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 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.
– The Governing Council should be dissolved.