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Sanwo-Olu, Ooni, Akarigbo, others honour ex- UNILAG VC at book launch

By Iyabo Lawal
17 November 2022   |   2:56 am
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, were among the dignitaries who honoured the immediate past vice chancellor of the University of Lagos

[FILES] Governor Sanwo-Olu. Photo/twitter/jidesanwoolu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, were among the dignitaries who honoured the immediate past vice chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe at a book launch.

The occasion was the public presentation of the book titled: “The Captain Steering The Ship Above Murky Waters,” authored by Ogundipe.

The event, which was held at Eko Hotel and Suites, was a celebration of Ogundipe, described as an astute administrator.

Sanwo-Olu described Ogundipe as a committed administrator who has made UNILAG the toast of admission seekers and the envy of Nigeria.

He commended the former VC for rising above the turbulence at the institution in August 2020, during his crisis with former Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Dr Wale Babalakin.

He said: “I can attest that during your tenure, we have seen giant strides and witnessed your meaningful impact. We have seen purposeful governance and we have seen administration per excellence. We know that you have to do that for the University that has become the envy, not only in Nigeria but the world.

“You were able to steer the ship of the school to stability even during storms. You were well prepared for the job and God gave you the implements. Not only are you a man of God, but you are also a servant of God, and all of those complimentary credits have helped you to come out without blemishes, or stains.

On his part, Oba Ogunwusi, who unveiled the book, said: “You have made us proud. Keep that networking strategy of yours, you are still needed in this country.”

His successor and 13th Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, described Ogundipe as “a kind person who is always working to put UNILAG at a higher level.

In his response, Ogundipe thanked God, the incumbent Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, Dr. John Momoh, UNILAG Alumni Association global chairman, the Senate of the institution and management team, the staff unions and associates for standing by him during his period of crisis.

The book reviewer, Prof. Kola Kazeem, who is the Special Education Consultant to UNICEF said: ” This book is an account of Ogundipe’s five-year stewardship in the institution. It is a 210- page book that highlighted the scorecard of his administration.

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