The national body of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday, rejected the removal of Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
The Council, chaired by lawyer and businessman, Wale Babalakin, last Wednesday announced the “removal” of Mr Ogundipe for alleged misconduct.
The decision was taken at the Council’s emergency meeting in Abuja during which a probe report was considered, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
A panel report, exclusively published by PREMIUM TIMES, indicted Mr Ogundipe for financial misappropriations and contract fraud in the university.
Although Mr Ogundipe rejected his removal, accusing the council of not following due process in its actions, Theophilus Soyombo has been appointed in an acting capacity to replace him.
The Senate, alumni body, as well as other concerned parties, have condemned the removal of Mr Ogundipe.
“We reaffirm our confidence in the leadership of Professor Toyin Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor of the university,” the ASUU branch chairman, Dele Ashiru, stressed last week.
The embattled Professor had kick-started a court process to challenge the decision of the Babalakin-led council’s decision.
Meanwhile, on several forums and media appearances, Mr Babalakin had justified the council’s decision, insisting that the verdict stands.
In a statement issued after a press conference, signed by its national chairman, Biodun Ogunyemi, the body of lecturers said it received the news of the purported removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) by the Governing Council chaired by Mr Babalakin with absolute shock and total disappointment.
“We are shocked not because we regard Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe as a saint but for the fact that all available evidence indicates that he was not taken through the due process. In spite of Dr Babalakin spirited efforts to defend the indefensible, it is now clear to all and sundry that there is more to the story coming from the senior member of the bar.”
Mr Ogunyemi said the Pro-Chancellor has been evasive on two interrelated questions; “1. Did the Senate participate in the process as required by the Law? and (2) Was the due process followed?”
“ASUU fully supports the UNILAG Senate’s rejection of the Dr Wale Babalakin-led Governing Council’s ill-informed decision to remove the Vice-Chancellor.”
ASUU, however, called for President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately “constitute a Special Visitation Panel to look into the immediate and remote causes of the events that led to the purported removal of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe VC of UNILAG with a view to bringing anyone found culpable to book.”
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