UNILAG VC dismisses report of removal

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has described his purported removal from office as untrue and illegal.

Ogundipe disclosed this in a statement he issued to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos, saying he remains the VC of the prestigious institution.

The statement read: “The attention of the University of Lagos (Unilag) Management has been drawn to a notice to the general public on the removal of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, dated Aug. 12 and signed by Oladejo Azeez, Esq, Registrar and Secretary to the council.

“It states that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has been removed from office with immediate effect.

“The purported removal is illegality and cannot stand as it is in clear violation of the University of Lagos Act as amended by the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act, 2003.

“Therefore, members of the University of Lagos community and the general public are advised to disregard the information as contained in the notice.

“Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe remains the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos,” he said.

Ogundipe’s purported removal was contained in a statement by the Registrar of the institution, Oladejo Azeez as the lingering face-off between Ogundipe and the Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, Dr. Wale Babalakin, worsened on Wednesday.

The announcement came after a meeting it held in Abuja.

It was gathered that 12 members of the council were present at the meeting and seven voted for Ogundipe’s removal, four voted against it and one voted that he be placed on suspension.

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