BREAKING: UNILAG GC sacks Vice Chancellor

The governing council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has sacked Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor of the school.

Mr Ogundipe was removed at the council’s meeting held Wednesday at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission, Abuja.

Mikhail Mumuni, the media adviser to chairman of the governing council, Wale Babalakin, confirmed the development to Journalists

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

Seven members voted for the removal of Ogundipe, four voted against it; one of them voted that the VC should rather be placed on suspension.

The meeting was chaired by the UNILAG Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of its Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin.

Ogundipe was accused of financial impropriety and gross misconduct.

Recall that the conflict between the university’s governing council and the management reached a head in March when its week-long 2020 convocation was abruptly cancelled just before it started.

The cancellation, which was ordered by the NUC, Nigerian universities’ regulatory body, was in response to a directive by the education minister, Adamu Adamu.

Mr Adamu gave the directive in response to a letter written to the vice-chancellor by the council chairman, accusing Mr Ogundipe of failing to share important details about the ceremony with the council. 

The exchanges between the two officials were condemned by relevant stakeholders, including graduands, parents, the alumni and staff.

Fresh plans were still being made to reconvene the ceremony when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived to further keep the annual programme in abeyance.

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