President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reinstatement of the suspended Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
A statement from the Director Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Education, Ben-Bem Goong, confirmed the latest development on Wednesday.
The fresh presidential directive is happening barely three months after a female VC Folasade Ogunsola was elected by the Senate of the school.
Part of the statement from Education Ministry, “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. 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.”
The visitation panel was criticized as not being properly constituted by the ASUU fold and many members of the panel which made many members of the panel to step aside few days after the panel submitted its report.
President Buhari had appointed the Chief Executive of Channels Television, Dr. John Momoh who was Chairman of the Unilag Alumni to act as Chairman of Council. It is not clear whether another Chairman will be announced.