Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has dismissed his removal as Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos calling it an “illegality.”
News broke on Wednesday that the professor of Botany was removed from his role as Vice-Chancellor of the university in a Governing Council meeting at the NUC Headquarters in Abuja. This was confirmed in a statement signed by the registrar stating that the council removed the VC on grounds of financial recklessness, gross misconduct, among other charges.
However, Professor Ogundipe has come out to dismiss the removal. In a signed statement, he says that the removal is in clear violation of the University of Lagos Act. He, therefore, urged the public to disregard the “mischievous disinformation.”
“Professor Ogundipe still remains Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.” the statement reads.
In related news, the UNILAG arm of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has thrown their weight behind him and condemned his removal.
Meanwhile, the Governing Council of the university has appointed a professor of sociology, Professor Theophilus Soyombo as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.