…The UNILAG Senate members have assembled at the Main Auditorium of the university to select one of the DVCs as Ag. VC
The Senate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) met on Monday to select an Acting Vice-Chancellor despite the institution’s Registrar, Oladejo Azeez sending an email to members to wait for further clarification on their assignment.
Following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that due process should be duly observed in appointing a new VC, the UNILAG Senate held a meeting at the school’s Mian Auditorium on Monday to select an Acting Vice-Chancellor.
This is however contrary to the outcry of the universirty’s resgistrar, Oladejo Azeez, sending an email to members to wait for further explanation on their assignment.
The President on Friday had also asked the Council-appointed Ag. VC, Prof. Theophilus Soyombo to step down.
In a mail titled: “Notice to All Senate members,” Oladejjo Azeez, who has been an associate of the Governing Council chairman, Dr. Wale Babalakin, said no meeting had been called.
Babalakin and the embattled VC the Council ousted, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, have been asked to steer clear from the affairs of the University until the Visitation team set up to investigate the university’s affairs finalises its assignment.
Oladejo’s mail reads: “This is to inform all Senate members that no meeting of the Senate has been summoned.
“Members should await proper Notice of Meeting after the Federal Government of Nigeria has clarified some issues germane to the meeting.”
The Registrar also signed a letter addressed to the Head, Auditorium Management Unit, J.J.F Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos pasted around the main auditorium, venue of the Senate meeting, directing the official not to make any facility available for the Senate meeting for the same purpose.
It reads in part: “It follows that you are not make any of your facilities available for any meeting until otherwise advised.”
However, the Senate assembled regardless.
A member of the Senate (names withheld) revealed that Oladejo was not a member of the Senate.
“Oladejo is not a member of Senate. We are about to start in the Main Auditorium,” the source said.
The source further declared that the Senate would vote one of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola (DVC Development Services) or Prof. Ben Oghojafor (DVC Management Services) as Acting VC.
“Meeting is ongoing. We are waiting for ballot papers to vote for the Acting VC – Prof. Folasade Ogunsola and Prof. Ben Oghojafor,” the source said.