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FG directs Babalakin, Ogundipe to ‘step aside’


President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos, Wale Babalakin, and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, to step aside.

Babalakin and Ogundipe will step aside pending the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up .

The Federal Ministry of Education spokesman, Ben Goong, made this known in a press statement on Friday.

It was gathered that the President gave the panel two weeks to submit their report.

UNILAG Senate has also been asked to reconvene to appoint an acting VC.

The terse statement read, “FG directs Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Governing Councilof the University of Lagos, Dr. B. O. Babalakin and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin T. O. Ogundipe to recuse themselves from official duties, pending the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by the President. Details shortly.”

UNILAG’s Governing Council, headed by Babalakin removed Ogundipe at its meeting in Abuja on Aug. 12, over allegations of infractions and gross misconduct.

The council, however, appointed Prof. Theophilus Omololu Soyombo of the Faculty of Social Sciences as the Acting Vice-Chancellor.

However, the institution’s Senate and its staff unions condemned Ogundipe’s removal, saying it flouted the university’s regulations.

They passed a vote of confidence in Ogundipe and vowed not to recognise the acting vice-chancellor.I

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