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UNILAG Governing Council removes VC, Prof. Ogundipe

The Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has removed Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the Vice Chancellor of the institution.

Prof. Ogundipe was removed at the Council’s meeting held, on Wednesday, at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission (NUC), in Abuja.

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

The vice chancellor was accused of financial impropriety and gross misconduct.

Mikhail Mumuni, Media adviser to Chairman of the Governing Council, Wale Babalakin, confirmed the development to reporters.

He, however, declined further comments, saying only the Registrar of the university could provide details of the development.

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 Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

The minister gave the directive in response to a letter written to the vice-chancellor by the council chairman, accusing Prof. 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.

It was gathered that the university has since mailed copies of notification of results electronically to the affected graduands in view of the ceremony.

The Nigerian Xpress

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