MINISTER of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has inaugurated a seven-member presidential panel to look into the management crisis in the Univerisity of Lagos (UNILAG) with the aim to put the school back on course.
At the inauguration of the panel in Abuja on Wednesday, Adamu charged the panel to conclude its assignment within two weeks.
The panel is expected to view the report of the council sub-committee on review of UNILAG since May 2017 and afford all those indicted a chance to defend themselves, and recommend appropriately.
According to the ministers, “they are to examine the steps taken by the council leading to the removal of the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, and ascertain whether due process was followed as stipulated in the universities amendment Act 2003, and the principle of fair hearing adhered to.
“To determine whether the process (if any) leading to the appointment of the acting Vice-chancellor for the university was consistent with the provisions of the enabling Act.
“To make appropriate recommendations, including sanctions for all those found culpable by the special visitation team, on allegations contained in the report as well as other subsequent actions arising therefrom.
“And make any recommendations that will assist government to take decisions that will ensure peaceful, stable and effective administration of the university.”
Adamu urged stakeholders in UNILAG to cooperate with the panel and to allow it to work unhindered.
Chairman of the panel, Prof. Tukur Sahad, promised that they will put in their best to ensure the resolution of the crisis while he sought for the cooperation of the governing council and Senate of UNILAG.
The National Statesman recalls that crisis broke out when the Governing Council of UNILAG, headed by Dr Wale Babalakin sacked the vice-chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe on August 12 over allegations of infractions and gross misconduct.
The Federal Government suspended both Babalakin and Ogundipe pending the outcome of the investigations to be carried out by the panel.