The federal government yesterday received a report of the Special Visitation Panel set up to investigate the management crisis rocking the University of Lagos (UNILAG) with assurance that there will be justice for all concerned.
Receiving the report on behalf of the federal government, the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said the recommendations of the panel will be thoroughly scrutinised with the aim of full implementation.
Recall that following the controversial removal of Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the UNILAG VC by the Governing Council led by Dr. Wale Babalakin, federal government inaugurated the panel on August 26, 2020 to look into the crisis and make appropriate recommendations within two weeks.
Adamu said, “I’m very happy that the panel worked within two weeks in order to arrive at the recommendations which I hope will assist the Visitor in taking an inform decision to solving the lingering crisis. It is my hope that the panel interacted with all the officials and all stakeholders who are willing to contribute towards the solution of the crisis.
“I want to assure you that we are for justice, whoever it is for or against,” he added.
Earlier, the chairman of the panel, Prof. Tukur Sa’ad, expressed appreciation to the Visitor and Minister of Education for founding them worthy for the task.
Meanwhile, the pro- chancellor of the university, Dr. Babalakin, has resigned over recent events in the institution.
In a letter of resignation dated 15th September, 2020 and addressed to Adamu Adamu, Babalakin thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos from May 2017 till date.
“I am also grateful that I was considered fit to be the Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team on the Agreement reached with university unions in 2009, from 6th January 2017 till date. I equally want to thank you sir, for your role in recommending me to the President.
“Recent events have made my position in these two offices untenable. I led the Governing Council of the University to remove the Vice-Chancellor of the University from office for amongst other reasons:
“Corruption and financial recklessness; Forgery; Complicity in the collapse of the University library and planned cover up; Deliberate policy of wrongfully concealing information; Depriving the Faculties in the University of funds; Concealing and distorting finances of the Internally Generating Units of the University; Undermining the academic process and seeking to appoint a Professor by fiat.”
Other reason Babalakin gave for the removal of the former VC was alleged siphoning of the University’s funds through dubious contract awards; Undermining the office of the Registrar; Failure to follow due process in organizing the University’s convocation ceremony; and sponsoring or acquiescing in the unconstitutional actions of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos chapter.