The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, of the University of Lagos, Dr Wale Babalakin, has restated that said the Council followed due process in the removal of the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe. He equally stressed that also efforts at present to keep him in the office are fruitless as the VC has been removed.
Dr Babalakin spoke this Monday morning on Channels television during a popular breakfast show “Morning ride”Regardless of the fact that the Senate, Staff Unions, and Committee of Vice Chancellors of Universities in Nigeria (CVCUN) have condemned the removal of Ogundipe, Babalakin insisted that the removal it was done following due process and that the VC was given fair hearing.
Expanding earlier on punch.ng the reasons leading up to the VC’s removal, Babalakin, who said the VC was removed because he allegedly misappropriated the university’s funds, added, “We agreed to have a secret ballot that we have always had when there are contentious issues. The votes were counted, they were not just votes, everybody wrote their own comments and nobody supported the VC. “
On the resolution of the institution’s Senate, Babalaki said, “The Senate did not have a meeting, because it could not have had one. The authority to call a meeting rests with the Vice-Chancellor and, as at the time he called the meeting, he was no longer Vice-Chancellor.
“Most people don’t know what the powers of the Council are vis-à-vis the removal of the Vice-Chancellor. I assure you that there was full compliance with the law in the removal of the Vice-Chancellor.
“Series of attempts were made to reconcile, but the plain truth is that Professor Ogundipe has been looting the University, and looting it recklessly. That’s the plain truth; we shouldn’t hide it.”
He said members of the Council decided to remove Ogundipe because they “want the best for the university.”
“There is no crisis in UNILAG. What you have is a vocal minority benefiting extensively from the resources of the university,” he added.