Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe was dismissed by the university’s Governing Council led by its Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN) on Wednesday.
Reactions have since trailed the announcement of the decision with Prof. Ogundipe and the University Senate rejecting the decision.
In a statement by the Senate Representativesin the Governing Council’s meeting at the NUC building in Abuja, Prof. Oluwakeyi Odukoya and Bola Oboh, they said the VC was not given a fair hearing and there was an inscrutable approach in the dealing of the Dr. Babalakin.
“Dear Senate members, the University of Lagos regulation has been stepped on and ridiculed. Babawale Babalakin, the ProChancellor waited for the tenure of Prof. Chukwu and Prof. Familoni to end, to call an Emergency Council meeting.
“Based on the Dagari report, without allowing the VC defend himself, the ProChancellor called for a vote for the removal of the VC. I (Prof. Oboh), Prof. Odukoya, Prof. Leshi and John Momoh voted against the removal of the VC. Six persons (excluding Babalakin) voted for. Babalakin then went ahead to announce the removal of the VC.
“Dear Senate members, the procedure for removal of persons in office is clear and this was pointed out to Babalakin several times but he turned deaf ears. He said he will announce the Ag. Vice Chancellor at 5pm. I have excused myself that I need to report to Senate members the shameful act currently ongoing. Please let us arise to fight this,” Oboh wrote.
Prof. Oluwakemi Odukoya, also representing the Senate in the council wrote that:
“It is with great regret that I announce to you that the ProChancellor has had is way in actualising his machinery to remove the Vice Chancellor. At today’s 12th August 2020, Emergency Meeting of Council in Abuja, Dr. Babalakin asked the VC and DVC (DS) to leave the meeting and by vote of 6 to 4, announced that the Vice Chancellor has been removed.
“Members, arise, this is unacceptable. We must defend the Management of the University.”
The embattled Prof. Ogundipe on his part said the decision should be ignored as it doesn’t hold water and lacks credibility.
“The attention of the University of Lagos (Unilag) management has been drawn to the ‘Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos’; dated August 12, 2020 and signed by Oladejo Azeez, Esq, Registrar and Secretary to Council, stating that the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS has been removed from office with immediate effect.
“This is untrue and a figment of his imagination. Therefore, stakeholders of Unilag and the general public are advised to disregard this mischievous disinformation about the sitting Vice Chancellor of Unilag, contained in that notice. Professor Ogundipe still remains Unilag’s Vice Chancellor.”