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ASUU Kicks As UNILAG Gets New Acting Vice Chancellor

University of Lagos Governing Council on Thursday appointed Prof Theophilus Soyombo as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution.

A statement by the Registrar/Secretary to the Council, Oladejo Azeez, said the Council made the appointment at a meeting held in the early hours of Thursday in Abuja.

The statement urged the public to disregard the claim by Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe that he remains the substantive Vice Chancellor of UNILAG.

The statement said the Council made the appointment at a meeting held in the early hours of Thursday in Abuja.

It urged the public to disregard the claim by Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe that he remains the substantive Vice Chancellor of UNILAG.

Yesterday, the Council announced the sack of the VC, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe after a meeting held in Abuja.

However, 7 out 12 members of the Council voted for the VC’s removal, four voted against, while one voted that he be placed on suspension.

The University of Lagos Act 1962, stipulates a 14-member Governing Council to comprise the Pro-Chancellor, Chancellor, the VC, the two Deputy Vice-Chancellors, a representative of the Ministry of Education, one person representing a variety of interests.

Others are four persons appointed by the Senate of the University, two persons appointed by the Congregation and one person appointed by Convocation.

The Council, in a statement by the Registrar/Secretary to the Council, Oladejo Azeez, said Ogundipe was removed from office based on alleged wrongdoing.

The statement, titled: Notice to the general public on the removal of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos’, reads:

The general public is hereby notified that at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, 12th August 2020 and by the statutory powers vested in it by law, the Governing Council of the University of Lagos removed Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS, from office as the Vice-Chancellor of the university with immediate effect.

The decision was based on the Council’s investigations of serious acts of wrongdoing, gross misconduct, financial recklessness and abuse of office against Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe

Reacting to the development, Chairman, UNILAG chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Dr Dele Ashiru, said the Council lacked such powers.

Ashiru said:

We are following the development. We are aware that the Council relocated to Abuja to meet.

The Council does not have the constitutional powers to sack the Vice-Chancellor.

We will react appropriately when things become clear

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