Richard Ginika Izuora
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has noted that removal of the University of Lagos, UNILAG Vice Chancellor did not follow due process.
The Union has therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a special visitation panel to look into the purported removal of Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, made the call while addressing newsmen on Tuesday, August 18, in Abuja.
Ogunyemi said that it was imperative for the president to set up the special panel to look into the immediate and remote causes of events that led to the removal of the UNILAG Vice-Chancellor.
Prof Ogundipe was removed by the Wale Babalakin led governing council over alleged financial infractions among other issues.
According to Ogunyemi, the Union is shocked not because the vice-chancellor is a saint; but because his removal did not follow due process.
“The national leadership of ASUU received the news of the purported removal of the vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) by the governing council chaired by Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN) with absolute shock and total disappointment.
“We are shocked not because we regard Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as a saint; but for the fact that all available evidence indicates that he was not taken through the due process.
“In spite of Dr Babalakin’s spirited efforts to defend the indefensible; it is now clear to all and sundry that there is more to the story coming from the senior member of the bar.
“ASUU fully supports UNILAG senate’s rejection of Wale Babalakin-led governing council’s ill-informed decision to remove the vice-chancellor.
“We call on Mr President, as the visitor to the University of Lagos; to immediately constitute a special visitation panel to look into the immediate and remote causes of the events; that led to the purported removal of Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as VC of UNILAG; with a view to bringing all found culpable to book,” Ogunyemi said.
He, however, called on the National Universities Commission to probe all fraudulent practices; allegedly committed by “overzealous vice-chancellors who have compromised academic standards; and are subverting university ethos in the name of the so-called new normal.”