Less than 24 hours after the visitation panel set up by president buhari submitted its reports on the UNILAG crisis, the embattled pro-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Wale Babalakin, resigned from his position as pro –chancellor
Confirming the story, Mr Babalakin’s spokesman, Mikail Mumini, who verified the development said his boss submitted the letter to the education minister in Abuja, today.
“Yes, it is true. He did in Abuja today. That is the nature of the country we have found ourselves.”
According to PREMIUM TIMES, it was also gathered that the former pro-chancellor has also resigned his position as the chairman of the negotiation committee on the federal government and universities’ workers’ unions, saying he will no longer be available for the role he had been playing since 2017 without a headway.
The crisis rocking the university reached its crescendo when on August 12 at an emergency meeting held at the National Universities Commission (NUC), in Abuja, the Babalakin-led governing council announced the removal of the institution’s substantive vice-chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
In reaction, the president announced the composition of a seven-member visitation panel led by a former vice-chancellor of Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State, Tukur Sa’ad.
The panel also has Victor Onuoha, Ikenna Onyido, Ekanem Braide, Adamu Usman, Jimoh Bankole, and Grace Ekanem as secretary.
Mr Onuoha, a lawyer, retired in 2019 as a deputy executive secretary in charge of administration at the National Universities Commission (NUC). He also holds Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from UNILAG, while Mr Onyido is a professor of Chemistry and was between 2006 and 2011, the vice-chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Abia State