UNILAG Vice Chancellor Sacked – The Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Olawatoyin Ogundipe, has been sacked by the governing council of the institution.
Empiregist reports that his removal was announced during meeting of the Governing Council of the institution which held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) building in Abuja today.
Seven members voted for the removal of Ogundipe (UNILAG Vice Chancellor) while four voted against. One of the members voted that he should rather be placed on suspension.
The meeting was presided over by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN).
Recall that the council chairman, Babalakin and the UNILAG Vice-Chancellor, Prof Toyin Ogundipe, have been at loggerheads over some issues relating to the running of the school.
The face-off led to the last-minute suspension of this year’s graduation ceremonies of the school.
Based on the development, ASUU, UNILAG chapter under the leadership of Dr Dele Ashiru, held a Congress where Babalakin was declared unwelcomed on campus.
When the Council attempted to hold a meeting a few weeks ago, ASUU also fixed its congress for the foyer of the Council Chambers and the Council called off it’s meeting due to that.
As a fallout of the matter, four senior professors in the school including Prof. Lai Olurode, issued a statement lambasting ASUU’s stance and saying that the action amounted to overzealousness on the part of the union.
Empiregist recalls that the Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) at their meeting on 27th October 2017, approved the appointment of Professor Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe, as the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the institution.
In a release by the school’s information unit, the three candidates that contested for the VC position were: Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Professor Olukayode Amund, and Professor Ayodeji Olukoju.
Among the three contestants, Ogundipe coincidentally scored the highest mark in the exercise to emerged the substantive Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG.
Professor Ogundipe until his appointment, was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics and Research) of the university.
He is a Professor in the Department of Botany and also the Director of Academic Planning at the University of Lagos.