The Senate of the University of Lagos, Akoka has elected the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Development Services, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, as the institution’s acting Vice Chancellor (VC). Ogunsola is the first female Vice Chancellor in the history of the 58-year-old ivory institution.
Ogunsola, a professor of medical microbiology and daughter of first professor of Geography, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, polled 135 votes to defeat her rival, a Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Management Services, Prof. Ben Oghojafor, who got 31 votes.
Speaking, the new acting VC, Ogunsola said her major focus was to maintain peace and ensure that things worked well on the campus.
She said, “Don’t forget that this acting VC is to hold forth for now, we will know where we are going after the visitation panel. Till then, it is really to keep peace and ensure that things work. After the visitation panel’s report, we will know what is going to happen next. I have been brought in to maintain peace at the moment. That is where I am and staying for now.”
The Senate is expected to forward the name to the Council for ratification and approval.
The Senate has also filed an application to withdraw a suit it earlier filed at the National Industrial Court challenging the sacking of the varsity’s former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
In the suit, marked NICN/LA/283/2020, the UNILAG Senate had kicked against Ogundipe’s sacking by the university’s Governing Council and his replacement with Prof. Theophilus Soyombo, as acting VC.
The defendants in the suit were the varsity’s Governing Council, its now suspended Pro- Chancellor, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN), the Registrar, Oladejo Azeez, Soyombo and Ogundipe.
The Senate had sought a court declaration that Ogundipe’s purported removal by the Governing Council vide an August 12, 2020 letter, was not procedural and was null and void.
The Senate had also prayed the court to restrain Soyombo from parading himself as UNILAG acting VC.
However, the Senate, through its counsel, Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), filed an application on Monday to discontinue the suit.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday suspended both Babalakin and Ogundipe and reversed Soyombo’s appointment as acting VC.
It also set up a visitation panel to look into the crisis in the institution.