– At the moment, UNILAG does not have a VC
– This is why the institution’s Senate will be meeting to appoint an acting VC on Monday, August 24
– The meeting is one of the recommendations made by the Ministry of Education on Friday, August 21
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The Senate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is to appoint an acting vice-chancellor on Monday, August 24, while the special visitation panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari carries out its investigation.
The leadership crisis in the institution had climaxed into the suspension of pro-chancellor Wale Babalakin and Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the vice-chancellor, by an order from President Buhari.
Already, over 140 professors have signed for the convening of the emergency Senate meeting, the major agenda of which is the appointment of an acting VC.
The aim of the meeting is one of the recommendations of the Federal Ministry of Education on the night of Friday, August 21.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that after Professor Theophilus Omotunde Soyombo was appointed to take the place of Ogundipe as the acting vice-chancellor of UNILAG, the new leader of the school spoke on his new duty.
Soyombo told journalists on Friday, August 14, in Lagos that he had resumed as the boss of the famous academic institution already.
The new acting VC said that he has resumed duty because according to the letter of appointment sent to him, he was expected to assume office immediately.
Ogundipe was sacked by the school’s governing council on Wednesday, August 12. His removal was announced on Wednesday in Abuja during a meeting attended by members of the council.
The said meeting was presided over by Babalakin, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
In another twist, Soyombo formally stepped down as the acting vice-chancellor of UNILAG on Saturday 22.
This came 10 days after his appointment in an acting capacity.
Soyombo, a professor of sociology, stepped down in obedience to a directive from President Buhari.
Buhari on Friday, through the ministry of education, set up a special visitation panel to resolve the leadership tussle in the school.
He also directed the pro-chancellor of the school, Wale Babalakin and Ogundipe to recuse themselves from their official duties until the panel concludes its probe.
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