The lingering crisis between the governing council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and its management has claimed a major casualty as the vice-chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe was sacked with immediate effect.
The news of his sack was confirmed by Mikhail Mumuni, the media adviser to the chairman of the governing council, Wale Babalakin.
He said Ogundipe was removed during the council’s meeting today at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission, Abuja for offences that border on financial impropriety and misconduct.
Reports indicate that shortly after the commencement of the meeting earlier today, Babalakin reportedly appealed to members in attendance to skip the first four items on the agenda and move to the fifth one which was the approval of the investigative reports set up by the council to audit the universities expenditure in the last 18 months.
Reports indicated that 11 of the council members endorsed the decision. Ogundipe himself was in attendance at the meeting.
Mumuni, however, declined further comments, saying only the registrar of the university can provide details of the development.
The conflict between the university’s governing council and the management reached a head in March when its week-long 2020 convocation was abruptly cancelled just before it started.
The cancellation, which was ordered by the NUC, Nigerian universities’ regulatory body, was in response to a directive by the education minister, Adamu Adamu.
Mr Adamu gave the directive in response to a letter written to the vice-chancellor by the council chairman, accusing Mr Ogundipe of failing to share important details about the ceremony with the council.