Buhari reinstates Ogundipe as UNILAG VC, dissolves governing council

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

The president also dissolved the Governing Council of the university, formerly chaired by Wale Babalakin.

Buhari reinstates Ogundipe as UNILAG VC, dissolves governing council

In a statement on Wednesday morning, the spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Gooong, said the president hopes these steps will bring peace, stability, focus and direction to the University.

“The removal of Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe as the Vice-Chancellor did not follow due process,”

“Mr. President after careful review of the report has approved all the recommendations of the Panel. Accordingly: Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe is hereby reinstated as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.”

“Mr. President hopes these steps will bring peace, stability, focus and direction to the University,” Goong said.

Mr Ogundipe was removed at the UNILAG’s governing council meeting in August at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission, Abuja.

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

Mr Ogundipe was accused of financial impropriety and gross misconduct.

Two Senate representatives in the Governing Council of the school however criticized the Pro-Chancellor of the University, Wale Babalakin over his role in the sack of the Vice-Chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

The federal government intervened in the crises by asking both Ogundipe and Babalakin to step aside until the conclusion of its investigation into the crisis.

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