I remain UNILAG vice-chancellor – Ogundipe

UNILAG VC Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe removed

Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has insisted that he remains the vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Ogundipe in a statement on Wednesday countering an earlier announcement by the registrar and secretary to the governing council Oladejo Azeez said news of his removal was “untrue”.

His statement read: “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.”

Ogundipe’s removal was announced after a council meeting at the National Universities Commission headquarters in Abuja.

He was accused of gross misconduct, financial recklessness and abuse of office.

The online platform said it got hold of two separate messages by Prof Olukemi Odukoya and Prof Bola Oboh who vowed to ensure that the situation was challenged and management protected from any further “humiliation”.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at UNILAG had in March declared Babalakin a persona non grata on its campus, warning him not to visit the school’s campus again.

The union’s position followed the suspension of UNILAG’s convocation ceremony as a result of a disagreement between the Babalakin-led council and management of the school led by Ogundipe.