… ASUU implicates Babalakin of discrediting public universities
By Adesina Wahab
The 2 complaintants to the workplace of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Professors Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and Omololu Soyombo, were notably missing out on at the Senate Structure workplace of the Vice Chancellor of the organization on Monday.
When Lead inspected at the Senate Structure, security guys from the Department of State Service, DSS, signed up with the university security workers to screen and even avoid individuals from getting in the structure.
Those permitted to go into were restricted to some floorings on the structure, as individuals were not permitted into the 11th-floor real estate the workplace of the Vice Chancellor.
The Governing Council on Wednesday eliminated Ogundipe and designated Soyombo as Performing VC, an advancement Ogundipe kicked versus.
When our Lead reporter called Soyombo on phone, he stated he had actually resumed with result from last Wednesday, following the letter of visit offered him by the Governing Council of the organization which he might work from some other location apart from the Senate Structure.
“Yes, I have resumed as the Acting Vice Chancellor and I am working as such,” he stated.
When prodded to repair a time for our reporter to satisfy him for an interview, Soyombo stated he would quickly meet journalism and relate formally with others too.
Nevertheless, when Lead reporter visited his workplace in the Department of Sociology, Professors of Social Sciences, he was stated to be at a conference.
After awaiting a long time, a guy, who determined himself as Odetola Philip, came out and explained himself as the Personal Assistant to Soyombo, stating Soyombo would satisfy journalism on Wednesday, including that he was hectic to see any person at that minute.
For Ogundipe, it was collected that he ran out town to reach some individuals who might assist him out of his travails.
It was collected that because Thursday that Ogundipe went back to Lagos from the Abuja conference of the Council where his elimination was revealed, he had actually been going round to satisfy some prominent individuals to mention his case.
He apparently fulfilled some popular conventional rulers in the South-West and likewise went to satisfy a conventional ruler in the North-Central whose bro is an assistant of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He has actually likewise litigated to challenge his elimination from workplace by the Council headed by Dr Wale Babalakin, SAN.
ASUU declares strategy to reject university
Speaking in a chat on the advancement, the Chairman, UNILAG Branch of the Academic Personnel Union of Universities, ASUU, Dr Dele Ashiru, implicated Babalakin of leading a group of individuals who wish to reject public universities.
He included that their tactical plan was to ultimately purchase over the universities.
” We understand the objective of individuals behind all these shenanigans, they simply wish to wreak havoc. Reveal universities lose tourist attraction after being completely rejected and after that purchase them over. This did not simply begin. In 2017, hardly couple of months that Ogubdipe presumed workplace, the plot to eliminate him begun.
” Do you understand that Babalakin unilaterally released questions to some primary officers of the organization? It was ASUU that rose to state the matter needs to be required to the Council not that he would act that method and he was required to do so.
” It is regrettable that he, Babalakin, who has actually taken pleasure in the advantage of the law is rejecting another person the right to safeguard himself.
” The perfect thing is that if you have any accusation versus the Vice Chancellor, the Council will establish a Joint Investigative Committee with the Senate.
” The committee will have 3 members from the Council and 2 from the Senate. Among the members from Council will chair the committee.
“The VC will be served the notice of allegations against him and he will have the chance to respond,” he stated.
The ASUU chairman included that the resolutions of the Senate and the personnel unions in the university have actually been sent out to the proper quarters.
Federal government’s position on concern
As at press time, the Federal Federal government, the owner of the university, has not formally made its position public on matter, other than for the declaration by the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, on Wednesday that the Council might employ and fire.
Nevertheless, it was found out that the federal government would any minute verify or upturn the elimination of Ogundipe as the VC.
The problem of the federal government comes from the gushes of condemnation that welcomed the elimination of Ogundipe from workplace.
The personnel unions in the school, the Alumni Association, the Senate and even the Committee of Vice Chancellors are opposed to the advancement, stating due procedure was not followed.
They all suggested that the advancement breached Area 3 (8 ), (9 ), (10) of the Universities (Miscellaneous Arrangements) (Modification) Act of 2003 on the elimination of the Vice Chancellor of any Federal University in Nigeria.