The Pro Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), has disclosed the reasons behind the recent crisis at the institution.
Dr. Babalakin revealed in a letter addressed to the House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement.
Report revealed that the letter was a response to an invitation by the committee following a petition it received alleging that Babalakin violated the Public Procurement Act 2007 by desiring to chair the tenders board of the institution.
According to reports, the petition had alleged that the Babalakin-led Governing Council’s investigation of past and current management of the university, for alleged breaches including the violation of the nation’s procurement act, was driven by the Pro Chancellor’s desire to chair the institution’s tenders board.
The crisis followed the council’s decision to probe the university’s finances, the collapse of an uncompleted library and other alleged improprieties of the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, his predecessor and other top principal officers of the institution.
Babalakin, however, denied acting outside the mandate of the Governing Council, saying that the actions of the council were legal.
Describing the allegation as “completely untrue and fabrication of lies” he said it should not have occurred in a university environment.
He explained that the council suspected that the university management was cutting corners with the manner it executed projects in the university, adding that the council set up a committee to investigate the suspected sharp practices of the management.