UNILAG Council sacks Ogundipe as vice-chancellor


The rift between the University of Lagos (UNILAG) administration and Governing Council took a different dimension on Wednesday with the removal of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, from office.

Mikhail Mumuni, the media adviser to the chairman of the governing council, Wale Babalaki who confirmed Ogundipe’s removal disclosed that the VC was removed at the council’s meeting held Wednesday at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission, Abuja.

In attendance were 11 of the 12 council members, the VC included, majority of whom voted for the removal of Ogundipe.

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A statement by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr. Oladejo Azeez titled: Notice to the General Public on the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos” based the decision on gross misconduct, financial recklessness among others.

It reads: “The general public is hereby notified that at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday 12 August 2020 and in accordance with the statutory power vested in it by law, the Governing Council of the University of Lagos removed Prof. Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS from office as Vice Chancellor of the University with immediate effect.

“The decision was based on the Council’s investigation of serious acts of wrongdoing, gross misconduct, financial recklessness, and abuse of office against Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe.”

According to a note shared among members of the university community and attributed to those at the meeting, Babalakin said an Acting VC would be announce shortly.

The note credited to Prof Olukemi Odukoya reads: “Dear Senate members, it is with great regret that I announce to you that the Pro-Chancellor has had his way in actualising his machinery to remove the Vice Chancellor.

“At today’s 12th August 2020, Emergency Meeting of Council in Abuja, Dr. Babalakin asked the VC and DVC (DS) to leave the meeting and by vote of 6 to 4, announced that the Vice Chancellor has been removed.

“Members, arise, this is unacceptable. We must defend the Management of the University.”

Another Senate representative on the Council, Prof. Bola Oboh wrote: “Dear Senate members, the University of Lagos regulation has been stepped on and ridiculed.

“Babawale Babalakin, the Pro-Chancellor waited for the tenure of Prof. Chukwu and Prof. Familoni to end, to call an Emergency Council meeting.

“Based on the Dagari report, without allowing the VC defend himself, the Pro-Chancellor called for a vote for the removal of the VC.

“I (Prof. Oboh), Prof. Odukoya, Prof. Leshi and John Momoh voted against the removal of the VC.

“Six persons (excluding Babalakin) voted for. Babalakin then went ahead to announce the removal of the VC.

“Dear Senate members, the procedure for removal of persons in office is clear and this was pointed out to Babalakin several times but he turned deaf ears.

“He said he will announce the Ag. Vice Chancellor at 5pm. I have excused myself that I need to report to Senate members the shameful act currently ongoing. Please let us arise to fight this.”