Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and eight senior staff of the institution have been queried by the Chairman, Governing Council of the university, Dr. Wale Babalakin.
Report revealed that the queries given to the VC and some principal officers of the university are already generating controversies on the campus.
In a quick reaction, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) UNILAG chapter condemned the action of Babalakin, insisting on due process.
According to a senior staff of the university who pleaded anonymous, revealed that the queries were based on a committee report which had not been tabled before the Governing Council for deliberations.
He said the Governing Council had not seen the report or deliberated on it before Babalakin unilaterally acted on it.
Regarding the queries issued to other staff, the senior officer said the affected staff sort and got approval to travel abroad but the Governing Council Chairman felt otherwise and issued them queries instantly. The VC was also queried for travelling abroad without the approval of the Council’s Chairman.
Report revealed that among the senior management staff queried by Babalakin were the VC, the two DVCs, Bursar, former VC, Registrar and the Director of Academic Planning.
“Prof. Ogundipe was invited by the French Government to an event. But Babalakin attempted to prevent him from travelling by trying to nominate another person. He threatened to deduct the number of days the VC spent in France from his annual leave,” the source stated.
While reacting to the latest development, the institution’s ASUU congress insisted that due process must be followed. The branch chairman, Dr. Dele Ashiru, stated that the congress frowned at the unilateral decision of Babalakin.
“The union is not shielding any member that the council is investigating. The congress insists that due process must be followed. If anybody has committed an offence, the rules and regulation of UNILAG must be followed; let them be sanction according to UNILAG Act. We are against an individual being the accuser and the judge,” Ashiru stated.