The Senate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, has rejected what it described as the purported removal of Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the Vice Chancellor of the institution by the Governing Council and passed a vote of no confidence on the institution’s Council.
The Governing Council of UNILAG led by its Chairman and Pro Chancellor, Babawale Babalakin had on Wednesday removed Ogundipe as the vice chancellor at an emergency meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday following allegations bothering on corruption.
But at an emergency meeting held on Thursday and presided over by Prof Chioma Ago, Chairman, Senate Emergency Meeting, the institution’s Senate reaffirmed its confidence in Ogundipe as the VC of UNILAG, noting that the Council action was a violation of the university’s regulation on removal of vice chancellors.
It said the senate did not participate in any joint committee of council as required by law before the VC was removed, adding that it heard about the removal on the social media.
The Senate also rejected the appointment of Prof Omololu Soyombo as Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution. It said due process was not followed in the purported appointment of the acting vice chancellor as the senate was neither informed nor invited to forward its recommendation to the council. It stated, “Its functions and its powers have been completely appropriated by the council in breach of the law.”
It said, “Part of the condition for the removal of a Vice Chancellor is that a joint committee of the Senate and Governing Council must sit and investigate with three representatives from each side but the Senate was never represented, the Senate was never consulted, the Senate never knew the allegations against their member.”
The senate also passed a vote of no confidence on the Governing Council led by Babawale Babalakin and called on the Visitor to the university for the immediate dissolution of the Council.