At its emergency meeting held on Friday, 14th August, 2020, the Alumni Association of the University of Lagos deliberated on the ongoing imbroglio at the University leading to the decision of the University Governing Council to remove the Vice Chancellor on Wednesday, 12th August, 2020; and resolved as follows:
1. Without prejudice to the general powers of the University Governing Council to appoint and remove a Vice Chancellor under the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2003 (No. 1 2007), and without apportioning any blame to either the Governing Council or the Vice Chancellor, the University of Lagos Alumni is of the view that before the Council can exercise such powers, it must follow due process, particularly as mandatorily provided under section 3(8), (9) and (10) of the Act in the removal of the Vice Chancellor and Section 3(13) in the appointment of an acting Vice Chancellor.
2. Therefore, the Alumni counsels the Governing Council that the status quo ante the Council meeting of Wednesday, 12th August, 2020, be restored while the Alumni continues with its efforts at ensuring that lasting peace and harmony reign on the Campus as between the Council and the University Management in particular, and all sections of the University community in general, including the Senate, students, staff, all Associations, particularly ASUU, NASU, SSANU, NAAT, etc.
3. Meanwhile, the Alumni Association recalls all its assiduous efforts in the past two years to bring about an amicable resolution of the misunderstandings between the Council and the University Management, and promises all and sundry that it will not relent in its efforts at mediation.
John Momoh, OON
Unilag Alumni President (Worldwide)
UPDATE ON EMERGENCY COUNCIL MEETING OF12 AUGUST 2020
It has become necessary to provide further update on the voting that took place to remove the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe FAS. Fifteen members attended the Council meeting physically ad virtually and two were asked to leave, the Vice Chancellor and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DS). Thirteen members had the opportunity to vote, even though Dr. Wale Babalakin did not vote (as stated by him), leaving twelve (12) members.
Six (6) persons have given information that they voted against the removal of the Vice Chancellor:
1. Prof. Bola Oboh (Representative of Senate, UNILAG).
2. Prof. Afolabi Lesi (Representative of Senate, UNILAG).
3. Prof. Olukemi Odukoya (Representative of Senate, UNILAG)
4. Dr John Momoh (President, National Alumni, UNILAG).
5. Prof. Ben Oghojafor (Deputy Vice Chancellor, MS, UNILAG)
6. Prince Adetokunbo Adebanjo, Representative of the Ministry of Education who declared his vote openly.
Also, from further information, one person abstained from the voting processing:
1. Prof. Eddy Omolehinwa (Representative of Senate, UNILAG)
However, the very first vote message that Dr. Wale Babalakin read out as having received was ONE SUSPENSION. From the recount so far, the suspension vote is from one of the following:
1. Alhaji Hussain Ali (Former Commissioner)
2. Oluwarotimi Sodimu Esq (Representative of Congregation, UNILAG)
3. Dr. Saminu Dagari (Senior Lecturer of Chemistry, Federal University, Gashua)
4. Dr. Bayo Adaralegbe (Babalakin’s Chamber)
5. Revd Yomi Kasali (Senior Pastor, Foundation of Truth Assembly)
Therefore, what is remaining is four (4) persons, who voted for the removal of the Vice Chancellor.
From the analysis of the voting pattern above, SIX (6) persons voted that Prof.
Oluwatoyin Ogundipe should not be removed as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos while FOUR (4) persons voted for the removal of the Vice Chancellor. Conscience is an open wound, only the TRUTH can heal it (attributed to Usman dan Fodiyo).
Professor Afolabi Lesi
Senate Representative in Council