The pro-chancellor and chairman of the governing council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr Wale Babalakin has resigned, amid the ongoing crisis surrounding the suspension of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Babalakin’s resignation was contained in a letter dated 15th September, 2020, and addressed to the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
He faulted the decision of the institution’s visitor – President Muhammadu Buhari – to set up a visitation panel made up of former university vice-chancellors declaring that the move was wrong.
“The membership of the Visitation Panel is simply inappropriate in the circumstance. How can a committee of Vice-Chancellors determine the culpability or otherwise of the actions of a Pro-Chancellor and a Governing Council? On the face of it, it is simply wrong!,” the letter read in part.
Babalakin observed that the vice-chancellors on the panel were drawn from relatively smaller universities who are not likely to have a comprehensive understanding of the procedure contained in the University of Lagos Act (as amended).
He maintained that the removal of Ogundipe as vice-chancellor followed due process while alleging that the terms of reference of the Visitation Panel clearly indicated that it was constituted to exonerate the Vice-Chancellor and implicate the Pro-Chancellor.
Meanwhile, the seven-member visitation panel led by former vice-chancellor of Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State, Tukur Sa’ad has submitted its report to the education minister.