The University of Lagos(UNILAG)has formerly dismissed the Vice chancellor and appoints new Acting Vice Chancellor
The governing council of the University of Lagos(UNILAG) has appointed a new acting Vice-Chancellor. The institution announced Professor Theophilus Soyombo as the replacement for Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe who was removed from office on the 12th of August, 2020.
Hours before this announcement, Ogundipe released a statement insisting that he was still the Vice-chancellor of UNILAG even after he was removed from office on the grounds of gross misconduct, wrongdoing, abuse of office and financial recklessness.
The UNILAG registrar,Oladejo Azeez, released a statement confirming Ogundipe’s removal from the office of the Vice-Chancellor and announcing that Theophilus Omololu Soyombo had been instated as his replacement.
The statement read,
“My attention has been drawn to a document circulating under the hand and signature of the former Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS. The letter purports to deny his removal by the Governing Council of University at its Emergency Meeting of Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I am in my capacity as Registrar and Secretary to Council the only custodian of the minutes of Council and the authorising officer on behalf of Council to issue official statements pertaining to all Council Affairs.”
Azeez advised members of the public to disregard whatever statement Ogundipe made and that he was no longer the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.
“Members of the public are hereby advised to totally disregard the statement attributed to the said former Vice-Chancellor. The position remains that he was lawfully removed by the Governing Council at a meeting fully attended by all Council members.
“I also wish to use the opportunity to inform members of the public that Council at the said meeting duly appointed Professor Theophilus Omololu Soyombo of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Lagos as Vice-Chancellor of the University in an Acting Capacity.”