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FG faults Babalakin’s claim on UNILAG VC

By yabo Lawal (Lagos), Ernest Nzor and Sodiq Omolaoye (Abuja)
21 September 2021   |   3:07 am
The Federal Government has faulted the claim by former Pro-chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin, that the Vice-Chancellor

University of Lagos (Unilag). Photo; GOOGLE

The Federal Government has faulted the claim by former Pro-chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin, that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, was indicted by the Presidential Visitation panel to the institution.

In a statement by the Federal Ministry of Education, the government described Babalakin’s claim as false and has no bearing with the report submitted by the General Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) panel.

The statement, signed by Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, said government was in the process of setting up white paper committees to address all the findings and recommendations of the panels set up to investigate federal universities, including UNILAG, in a holistic manner.

Goong disclosed that government had earlier issued a white paper on the report of the 2020 special presidential visitation panel to the institution, which culminated in the dissolution of the Babalakin-led council and Ogundipe’s reinstatement.

While urging stakeholders to ignore the claim, Goong said the government would soon release its white paper on the panel’s reports.

MEANWHILE, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, yesterday in Abuja, during the inspection of the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in some schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), recalled that the seven-man visitation panel to UNILAG submitted its report along with others to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on August 31, 2021, and not September 7, 2021, as claimed in the publications.

He said: “Government is in the process of setting up white paper committees to address the findings and recommendations of the panels, including that of UNILAG, in a holistic manner.

“Government had earlier issued a white paper on the report of the 2020 special presidential visitation panel to the University of Lagos, which culminated in the dissolution of the former Governing Council and the reinstatement of the Vice-Chancellor.”