Chairmen of University of Lagos Unions, including those of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Dele Ashiru; the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Olusola Sowunmi; Non-Academic Staff Union, Kehinde Ajibade; NASU, College of Medicine, Idi-Araba, Tunde Aderibigbe; and SSANU College of Medicine, Idi- Araba, Michael Olofindinran, are now in session with the Special Visitation Panel.
As he was about entering into the council chambers, Ashiru reacted to the presence of Dr. Wale Babalakin in UNILAG today.
He said, “If he goes back to that office, we will exacerbate our congress decision. He, otherwise, came to the campus as Wale Babalakin, not as our Pro-Chancellor.
“This is because, in line with the directives of the Federal Government, he has been asked to recuse his position and it is gratifying that he can now be made to appear before the panel. It is, indeed, gratifying.”
They all entered the Council Chambers around 1:53 pm.
The recused Governing Council Chairman of the University of Lagos, Wale Babalakin, had earlier appeared before the special Visitation Panel set up to investigate the institution’s affairs, which was scheduled for 9 am.
However, Babalakin declined to speak with members of the press who approached him as he stepped out of the UNILAG council chambers around 1:15 pm.
“Nobody has spoken to the press since this visitation panel started. I have made the presentation and that is all. I have no comment,” he said.
The campus was peaceful all through as Babalakin made his presentations.
Former Registrar of the university, Mr. Olurotimi Shodimu had also been seen at the Council Chambers.
The Federal Government had directed Babalakin, and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, to recuse themselves from official duties, pending the outcome of the investigation by the special visitation panel.
The panel, which is chaired by Prof. Tukur Sa’ad, has two weeks to submit its report.
A letter signed by the Secretary to the Panel, Mrs Grace Ekanem, had requested that memoranda be submitted to the panel at the Council Chambers.
The Chairman of the UNILAG Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr Dele Ashiru, said the body submitted its memorandum to the panel on Monday.
Prof. Folasade Ogunsola was nominated as the acting Vice-Chancellor by the UNILAG Senate at an emergency meeting and was confirmed by the Governing Council during a virtual meeting presided over by the acting chairman, Dr John Momoh.