UNILAG acting VC reacts to ongoing crisis
UNILAG acting VC reacts to ongoing crisis in the university which led to him being appointed following the removal of the former VC, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
The newly appointed acting vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Omololu Soyombo, has spoken to the stakeholders in the university community to embrace peace in the interest of the university.
The acting vice-chancellor who was just appointed just recently to take over the affairs of the university has reacted to the ongoing crisis in the university
He spoke via a new statement on Friday where he said he considered it highly important to address the university community “on this occasion of grave challenges to the stability and progress of our dear university”.
Mr Soyombo who is also a professor, said there is need for members of the university community to work together at this trying period in the overall interest of the university.
“I wish to start by noting that this is a position of responsibility that was thrust upon me and which I accepted out of a sense of duty to our university,”
“I see this as a call to service with the overall objective of fostering an atmosphere of peace for the normal university business of teaching, research and community service.”
“This appointment is a definite step to resolve the impasse between the University Governing Council and Management in order to ensure a conducive atmosphere for normal university activities to continue to thrive.”
On Wednesday, the university governing council resolved at its emergency meeting held in Abuja to remove the previous vice-chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Subsequently, the school’s governing council said it has appointed Mr Soyombo in acting capacity as the vice chancellor of the university.
In his reaction, Mr Ogundipe fired back, saying his “purported removal” was “mischievous disinformation” as “the extant provisions of the law were not complied with” by the council.”
But in his statement on Friday, Mr Soyombo called for peace among stakeholders in the Lagos based university.
“I know that opinions are divided on issues at stake and the steps taken so far to resolve the impasse.
Our paramount goal should be an amicable resolution of all the issues and to win back the peace and stability of our University,” he said.
“I therefore urge all parties and members of the university community to come together at this trying period in the interest of our University.”
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