UNILAG Acting VC sues for peace in first official statement

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The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Omololu Soyombo, has appealed to members of the university community to about their normal activities as efforts are ongoing to resolve the current challenges facing the institution. This was contained in the official memo from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor addressed to the university community.

Soyombo, who was appointed yesterday in an acting capacity to replace the sacked former VC, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, described his appointment as a call to service with the overall objective of fostering an atmosphere of peace in the campus.

He said, “It is with high sense of responsibility that I humbly address the university community on this occasion of grave challenges to the stability and progress of our dear university.

“I wish to start by noting that this is a position of responsibility that was thrust upon me and which I accepted out of a sense of duty to our university. I see this as a call to service with the overall objective of fostering an atmosphere of peace for the normal university business of teaching, research and community service.

“This appointment is a definite step to resolve the impasse between the university governing council and management in order to ensure a conducive atmosphere for normal university activities to continue to thrive.

“I know that opinions are divided on issues at stake and the steps taken so far to resolve the impasse. Our paramount goal should be an amicable resolution of all the issues and to win back the peace and stability of our university.

“I therefore urge all parties and members of the university community to come together at this trying period in the interest of our university.

“All necessary steps will be taken to ensure the security of lives and property on our campuses.  I hereby appeal to members of the university community to go about their businesses and activities and avoid acts that may disrupt the peace of the university. Long live the University of Lagos.”

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