FG Inaugurates 7-Member Presidential Panel On UNILAG Crisis
By Sophia Okiasi
The Federal Government has inaugurated a seven-member presidential panel to look into the University of Lagos (UniLag) crisis.
The panel is expected to submit recommendations that would resolve the crisis.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu inaugurated the panel on Wednesday in Abuja.
The members include: Prof. Adamu Usman, Board Chairman, UBEC; Prof. Ikenna Onyedo, former Vice-chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike and Prof. Ekanem Braid, former Vice-chancellor, Cross River State University.
Others are: Prof. Victor Onoha, Alhaji Jimoh Bankole, a former Bursar, University of Ibadan and Mrs Grace Ekanem, Director, Legal Services, Ministry of Education.
The minister who charged the members to conclude its assignment and submit its report within two weeks from the time of the inauguration said the panel is 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” he said.
The minister said they are expected 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 and 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”.
Adamu also said they are expected to make any recommendations that will assist government to take decisions that will ensure peaceful, stable and effective administration of the university urging stakeholders in the University to fully cooperate with the panel and to allow it to work unhindered.
On August 12 the University was rocked with crisis after the sacking the vice-chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe over allegations of infractions and gross misconduct by the school’s Governing Council, headed by Dr Wale Babalakin.
The federal government has suspended both Babalakin and Prof. Ogundipe pending the outcome of the investigations to be carried out by the Sahad-led panel.