THE President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has approved the reinstatement of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, announcing his elimination by using the Governing Council did now not follow due system.
This became as the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNILAG Branch, lauded the decision of the President to reinstate Prof. Ogundipe.
The government stated the procedure adopted through the council in the appointment of Prof. Omololu Soyombo as performing Vice Chancellor of the college turned into inconsistent with the provisions of the law relating to the appointment of an acting Vice Chancellor.
The selection was contained in a declaration problems on Wednesday by using the Director (Press and Public Relations) in the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Ben Goong, titled, ‘Re: Report of the Special Visitation Panel to the University of Lagos’, which also dissolved Governing Council chaired by Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN).
The assertion read, “President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Visitor to the University of Lagos has accepted the Report of the Special Visitation Panel to the University of Lagos.
“The highlights of the findings and suggestions approved with the aid of Mr. President are as follows: The removal of Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe because the Vice Chancellor did now not comply with due manner.
“All allegations made towards the Vice Chancellor and the control of the college before and after the constitution of the Special Visitation Panel must be mentioned everyday Visitation Panel for thorough investigation and essential tips.
“The method followed by means of the council in the appointment of Professor Omololu Soyombo as performing Vice Chancellor of the University was inconsistent with the provisions of the law regarding the appointment of an acting Vice Chancellor.
“Accordingly, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe is hereby reinstated because the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos.
“The Governing Council of the University of Lagos chaired by using Dr. B. O. Babalakin is hereby dissolved. Mr. President hopes these steps will bring peace, stability, consciousness and path to the university.”
Speaking on the development, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNILAG department, Dr Dele Ashiru, defined the reinstatement of the ousted Vice Chancellor (Prof Ogundipe) as a confirmation that his purported removal became no longer only unlawful however vindictive.
“We thank the vacationer to our university, President Muhammadu Buhari via the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, for this first-rate intervention in the University of Lagos.
“The reinstatement of the VC is a confirmation of the position of our union that his purported elimination changed into now not only unlawful, it became vindictive. It is our conviction that this choice by using government will restore peace, balance and scholarly development again to our college,” he said.
Also, the Chairman, NASU, UNILAG branch, Kehinde Ajibade, said, “It is a superb development; the VC has been vindicated and most of the people of member of workforce are happy to welcome him lower back.
“The panel did a terrific activity. I endorse the VC to region more priority on team of workers welfare and reconcile a few aggrieved contributors of team of workers.”