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Buhari reinstates Ogundipe as UNILAG VC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reinstatement of Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as vice chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Education, Ben-Bem Goong, who disclosed this, yesterday, in Abuja, said the President had approved the report of the special visitation panel to the university, which recommended that the removal of the VC did not follow due process.

He said that the vice chancellor was not granted an opportunity to defend himself on the allegations upon which his removal was based.

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“All allegations against the vice chancellor and the management of the university before and after the constitution of the special visitation panel should be referred to the regular visitation panel for thorough investigation and necessary recommendations.

“The process adopted by the Council in the appointment of Prof. Omololu Soyombo as acting vice chancellor of the university was inconsistent with the provisions of the law relating to the appointment of an acting vice chancellor,” he said.

Goong, who revealed that the President had also approved the dissolution of the Governing Council of the university, which is chaired by Dr. B. O. Babalakin, added: “The President, after careful review of the report, has approved all the recommendations of the panel.

“Accordingly, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe is hereby reinstated as the vice chancellor of the University of Lagos.“The President hopes these steps will bring peace, stability, focus and direction to the university.”

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