Richard Ginika Izuora
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos (UNILAG) Chapter, has described the election an acting vice-chancellor of the university by its senate as a major step by the Federal Government to restore peace to the troubled institution.
The Chairman of the chapter, Dr. Dele Ashiru, reacted to the election of Prof. Folashade Ogunsola as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.
Ogunsola was elected on Monday, August 24, by the UNILAG Senate.
The Federal Government had on Friday directed the Pro-Chancellor as well as Chairman of Governing Council of the university, Dr Wale Babalakin and also the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, to recuse themselves from official duties pending the outcome of a special visitation panel to the university
The FG also directed that the senate of the university should convene to nominate an acting vice-chancellor from among its members for confirmation by the Governing Council.
The governing council had, on Aug. 12, removed Ogundipe as the Vice-Chancellor over alleged misconduct.
Meanwhile, Ashiru, in his statement, said, “The election followed due process. Senate met and also nomination taken. Senate has spoken loud and clear on its choice on who to lead them.
“This whole process is a right step in the right direction. We want to thank President Buhari for the intervention.
“We, therefore, call on the university community to join hands with the newly-elected Acting Vice-Chancellor to move the university forward.
“I will also like to state that with this election, calm has returned to the campus.”
According to him, members of the UNILAG community are awaiting the inauguration of the visitation panel l believe that all parties concerned will have a day with justice.
Earlier, a mild drama occurred as the senate members were shut out of the venue of the election based on a memo by the Registrar of the university, Mr Oladejo Azeez.
The memo posted at the venue of the election read in part: “Re-Notice to Senate Meetings.”
“The above matter refers: Please note that the message contained below has been sent to the senate.
“This is to inform senate members that no meeting of senate has been summoned.
“Members should await proper notice of meeting after the Federal Government has clarified some issues germane to the meeting.
“It follows that you are not to make use of any of your facilities available for any meeting until otherwise advised.’’
1st News gathered that it took the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Education to get the venue opened for the election.
Ashiru decried the development.
“It is very sad and unfortunate. The locking of the auditorium is a manifestation of the crudity; and also recklessness that characterised the council’s leadership.
“No principal officer of a university should have the temerity to trample upon the senate of the university as we witnessed earlier,’’ Ashiru said.
Ogunsola polled a total of 135 votes to defeat Prof. Ben Oghojafor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), who polled 31 votes.
One vote was void. A total of 167 members of the senate participated in the election.