The governing council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Wednesday, August 12, terminated the tenure of Vice Chancellor, Professor Olawatoyin Ogundipe.
This removal was announced during a meeting of the UNILAG Governing Council of the institution which held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) building in Abuja on Wednesday.
1st News gathered that seven members voted for the removal of Ogundipe 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 UNILAG Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN).
Ogundipe was accused of financial impropriety and gross misconduct.
Mikhail Mumuni, the media adviser to chairman of the governing council, Wale Babalakin, confirmed the development to the press.
He, however, declined further comments, saying only the registrar of the university can provide details of the development.
The conflict between the university’s governing council and the management reached a head in March when its week-long 2020 convocation was abruptly cancelled just before it started.
The cancellation, which was ordered by the NUC, Nigerian universities’ regulatory body, was in response to a directive by the education minister, Adamu Adamu.
The Minister’s mandate was in response to a written to the vice-chancellor by the council chairman; accusing Ogundipe of failing to share important details about the ceremony with the council.
The exchanges between the two officials were condemned by relevant stakeholders; including graduands, parents, the alumni and staff.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Tuesday, August 12; called for the inclusion of young people in political and institutional decision-making in the country.
Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, made the call in Abuja in a congratulatory message to mark the 2020 International Youth Day celebration with the theme, “Youth Engagement for Global Action”.
“In the spirit of the 2020 international youth day, we join our voice with progressive voices across the world; to demand expanded opportunities for young people; especially with regard to training and mentoring.
“We demand improved access to life support social services; such as healthcare and universal basic education for young people; including youth living with disabilities and HIV/AIDS.
“We call for a reduction of user access fees for youth who aspire to higher education and training.”