Over the weekend, the Chairman of the Governing Council, University of Lagos, Dr Wale Babalakin, gave reasons why the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe was removed.
Babalakin, while briefing newsmen in Ikeja, accused Ogundipe of trampling upon all financial guidelines of the university and also moved to call for an investigation by appropriate anti-graft agencies.
He accused Ogundipe of not following extant rules and regulations regarding the management of the resources of the university.
“For instance, Ogundipe, without the approval of the Governing Council, renovated his official quarters for N49 million and also approved N41m for the Bursar to renovate his official accommodation too. This is against the regulations of the university.
“The financial guidelines of the University of Lagos give the Vice-Chancellor the power to spend, not more than N2.5 million in some instances, without the approval of the Governing Council and anything higher must be brought to the Council for approval.
“That is unacceptable. He must be investigated. We need to do that for us to start building the university. I can tell you that when we probed the account of the university, it was in tatters.”
According to Babalakin, Ogundipe forged the university’s documents and manipulated the process for the appointment of the Director of Works of the university.
“Under the law of the university, it is the Vice-Chancellor that chairs some committees. There was this vacant position of the Director of Works of the university and some people applied. Somebody from the Lagos State Polytechnic came first in the selection interview conducted. However, Ogundipe changed the final results of the applicants to favour his choice.
“But he did not know that some people in the committee had made a photocopy of the results of each applicant and when he was confronted, he had to cancel everything and made another call for selecting the Director of Works.”
Babalakin further explained that the appointment of Prof. Theophilus Omololu Soyombo, as Acting VC, was done in line with the regulations of the university and that the Council did not breach any law, adding that none of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors was chosen for the post because their appointment was yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, the local branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Universities in Nigeria, CVC, has faulted the council, accusing them of not following due process.