The Governing Council of University of Lagos (UNILAG) has appointed Prof. Omololu Soyombo as the acting vice-chancellor of the institution.
This comes amid insistence by Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the sacked VC of the institution, that he remains in his position, describing his removal as “untrue and a figment of the announcer’s imagination”.
“The attention of the University of Lagos (Unilag) management has been drawn to the ‘Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos’; dated August 12, 2020 and signed by Oladejo Azeez, Esq, Registrar and Secretary to Council, stating that the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS has been removed from office with immediate effect,” a statement released on Wednesday shortly after Ogundipe’s removal read.
“This is untrue and a figment of his imagination. Therefore, stakeholders of Unilag and the general public are advised to disregard this mischievous disinformation about the sitting Vice Chancellor of Unilag, contained in that notice.
“Professor Ogundipe still remains Unilag’s Vice Chancellor.”
But maintaining that the sacked VC was lawfully removed by UNILAG Governing Council, Oladejo Azeez, the institution’s registrar, asked the public to disregard Prof. Ogundipe’s claims.
In a statement on Wednesday, Azzez further disclosed that Omololu would replace the sacked VC in acting capacity.
“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,” the statement read.
“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, the University of Lagos as Vice-Chancellor of the University in an acting capacity.”