UNILAG Crisis: FG inaugurates Special Visitation Panel

ADAMU ADAMU, Education Minister

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has inaugurated a seven-member presidential panel to look into the crisis rocking the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and submit recommendations on the way forward.

Adamu while inaugurating the panel Wednesday in Abuja urged stakeholders in the University of Lagos to fully cooperate with the panel and give them the necessary support required to carry out their assignment.

According to him, members by the terms of reference of this panel are expected to view the report of the council sub-committee on review of the University of Lagos since May 2017 and make appropriate recommendations, after affording all those indicted an opportunity to defend themselves.

“ 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 the government to make decisions that will ensure peaceful, stable, and effective administration of the university,” he said.

In his remark, Chairman of the panel, Professor Tukur Sahad, thanked the minister for finding the members of the committee worthy of carrying out the national assignment and promised that they will put in their best to ensure the crisis rocking the university will be resolve and normalcy returns for effective management of the institution.

The panel members include Prof. Adamu Usman, Board Chairman, UBEC, Prof. Ikenna Onyedo, former Vice-chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Prof. Ekanem Braid, former Vice-chancellor Cross River State University.

Others are: Prof. Victor Onoha, Alhaji Jimoh Bankole, former Bursar, the University of Ibadan and Mrs. Grace Ekanem, Director, Legal Services, Ministry of Education.

The panel is to conclude its assignment and submit the report within two weeks from the time of the inauguration.

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