UNILAG Crisis: Acting VC Soyombo Steps Down

by on August 22, 2020

In response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s order mandating the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Governing Council, to nominate an Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Omololu Soyombo recently appointed by the Governing Council has stepped down.

Soyombo announced his resignation in a statement on Saturday even as he appealed to all staff and students of the institution to continue to go about their lawful activities in a peaceful manner.

The statement reads, “The news of the setting up of a Special Visitation Panel to the University of Lagos by the Federal Government was received in the evening of Friday, 21st August 2020.

“The government also directed the University Senate to nominate an Acting Vice-Chancellor for the University, for confirmation by the Governing Council. With this, I am stepping down, with immediate effect, as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University.

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“I  wish to express my sincere appreciation to all members of staff and our dear students, the staff unions, alumni and the general public for their wonderful support and cooperation in the past ten days since my appointment as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University on 12th August 2020.

“As I noted in my address to a cross-section of staff on 19th August 2020, I accepted the offer to serve as a call to service, with the objective of restoring peace and stability in the university.

“It is my prayer that the peace and stability that we so much need and desire at this time be restored very quickly, so that the University of Lagos can continue to march on as the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride,” he concluded.

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Soyombo was appointed after the governing council removed Oluwatoyin Ogundipe on Wednesday in a meeting held in Abuja.

The council explained that Ogundipe was removed for gross misappropriation of funds and reckless looting of resources.

But in a statement on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari through the Ministry of Education ordered the duo to recuse themselves from official duties pending the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by him.

The statement reads, “FG directs Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Governing Council of the University of Lagos, Dr. B. O. Babalakin and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin T. O. Ogundipe to recuse themselves from official duties, pending the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by the President.”

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