UNILAG: Soyombo emerges acting VC as Governing Council sacks Ogundipe

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Registrar of University of Lagos, Oladejo Azeez has announced Professor Theophilus Omololu Soyombo as the acting Vice Chancellor of the university.

This followed the removal of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the Vice Chancellor by the Governing Council at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday in Abuja at the National University Commission (NUC) Conference Hall.

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Professor Soyombo is of the Department of Sociology at the University.

The Registrar in a release issued on Wednesday night also asked members of the public to disregard statement credited to Professor Ogundipe disputing his removal by the Governing Council.

“Members of the public are hereby advised to totally disregard the statement attributed to the said former Vice Chancellor. The position remains that he was lawfully removed by the Governing Council at a meeting fully attended by all Council members,” the Registrar said.

Read his full statement below:

 

RE:    NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON THE REMOVAL

OF THE VICE    CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, AKOKA-LAGOS

 

My attention has been drawn to a document circulating under the hand and signature of the former Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS. The letter purports to deny his removal by the Governing Council of University at its Emergency Meeting of Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am in my capacity as Registrar and Secretary to Council the only custodian of the minutes of Council and the authorizing officer on behalf of Council to issue official statements pertaining to all Council Affairs.

Members of the public are hereby advised to totally disregard the statement attributed to the said former Vice Chancellor. The position remains that he was lawfully removed by the Governing Council at a meeting fully attended by all Council members.

I also wish to use the opportunity to inform members of the public that Council at the said meeting duly appointed Professor Theophilus Omololu Soyombo of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos as Vice Chancellor of the University in an Acting Capacity.

Oladejo Azeez, Esq.

Registrar and Secretary to Council

 

 

Dated Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

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