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UNILAG Governing Council sacks vice chancellor

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By Our Correspondent

The Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Olawatoyin Ogundipe, has been sacked by the governing council of the institution.

His removal was announced during meeting of the Governing Council of the institution which held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) building in Abuja today.

Seven members voted for the removal of Ogundipe (UNILAG Vice Chancellor) while four voted against.  One of the members voted that he should rather be placed on suspension.

The meeting was presided over by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN)

The vice-chancellor was removed amid allegations of financial impropriety and gross misconduct.

Babalakin and Ogundipe have been at loggerheads since March over the institution’s 51st convocation, which was abruptly cancelled just before it started.

Adamu Adamu, minister of education, had asked the institution to suspend the ceremony after the chancellor accused the management of not following due process in reaching its decision as regards the event.

But Ogundipe insisted that the university followed the pro-chancellor’s directives and did not contravene any law.

The institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had passed a vote of no confidence on Babalakin in March amid the conflict.

“Dr Wale Babalakin is now a persona non grata on our campus. We don’t want to see him again anywhere in the university. He is no longer needed,” it had said.