Unilag Senate rejects Ogundipe’s suspension

The Senate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, has rejected the Governing Council’s decision to remove Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

It also voted to dissolve the council led by Dr Wale Babalakin, and rejected the appointment of an acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Theophilus Soyombo.

The resolution was signed by the Senate Chairman, Prof. Chioma Agomo, and five other members – Dele Olowokudejo, Oluwole Atoyebi, Folasade Akinsola, Lucian Chukwu, and Ayodele Atsenuwa.

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It said the council violated Section 3(8) (9) (10) and (11) of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2003, on the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of any Federal University in Nigeria.

“Due process was not followed in the purported appointment of the acting Vice-Chancellor as the Senate was neither informed nor invited to forward its recommendation to council.

“Its functions and its powers have been completely appropriated by the council in breach of the law.

“Senate resolved to reaffirm its confidence in Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos,” it said in a statement.

By Daniel Ojukwu

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