– Nigeria’s minister of education has said the ongoing UNILAG crisis is of no interest to the president
– Mallam Adamu Adamu who disclosed this explained that the crisis in Unilag has lingered nonstop in spite of interventions
– Adamu maintained that due process was alleged not to have been followed in the removal and appointment of a vice-chancellor
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A report by The Guardian indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari has no interest in the ongoing University of Lagos (UNILAG) crisis.
The disclosure was made by Mallam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education at the inauguration ceremony of the special Presidential Visitation Panel to the university as constituted and approved by the Nigerian leader.
The minister insisted that due process was reportedly not followed in the removal and appointment of the institution’s vice-chancellor and acting vice-chancellor respectively.
He went on to note that the council’s decision only managed to open up a plethora of accusations and counter-accusation instead of stabilizing the university.
Adamu explained that in spite of the interventions by the leadership of the ministry of education the crisis in Unilag has lingered nonstop.
Adamu said members of the panel led by Professor Tukur Sa’ad are expected to look into the crisis and submit recommendations towards repositioning the institution.
Recall that that the vice-chancellor of UNILAG, Professor Olawatoyin Ogundipe, was on Wednesday, August 12, sacked by the school’s governing council.
Ogundipe’s removal was announced in Abuja during a meeting attended by members of the council.
Professor Theophilus Omotunde Soyombo was appointed to take the place of Ogundipe as the acting vice-chancellor. However, he stepped down on Saturday, August 22, following a directive from President Buhari.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that during the emergency meeting of UNILAG’s Senate, the leadership of the academic institution elected a new vice-chancellor pending the conclusion of an investigation of the special visitation panel set up by President Buhari.
After the poll, Professor Folasade Ogunsola emerged the new VC of the institution with 135 votes.
In a related development, President Buhari appointed the chief executive officer of Channels TV, John Momoh, as acting chairman of UNILAG governing council.
Momoh, who is the president of the UNILAG alumni association, has been a member of the council as a representative of the association.
His appointment is contained in a letter signed by Sonny Echono, permanent secretary of the federal ministry of education, and dated August 21.
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