The President of Nigeria, Major-General Mohammadu Buhari (retd.) on November 10, reinstated Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos during a visitation panel report.
The Vice- Chancellor, who was sacked on August 12 by the UNILAG governing council led by Dr Wale Babalakin, was received elatedly as he resumed his office at the school’s Senate Building by UNILAG workers on Thursday.
Ogundipe, in his speech debunk the claim that he is compiling list of workers to sack, adding that the workers unity will move the university forward.
He said, “Our commitment must be in moving this university forward and we must unite. Some people are saying that I have a list of people I want to sack and punish. I have no such list. I do not have any list of anyone to be sacked; I have not seen any list. Let’s work together and move the university forward. You have invested years of your lives into this university. It is not about academic or non-academic staff, it is about moving the university forward.”
The reinstated VC appreciated the President, who ensure due process during the varsity crisis, he also extended his gratitude to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, and all the staff unions in the school among others, attributing his reinstatement as divine.
He said, “My return to office is not by power but by divine intervention.”
Ogundipe, appreciating the former acting VC, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola said, “People think they can divide us, let me say this openly, they don’t know we communicate. She has done excellently well and she is reliable.”
However, Ogunsola while handling over to Ogundipe, said, “We welcome back the VC, I am formally handling over to the VC. Today is the day of victory, it calls for introspection. Together we stand, divided we fall. Nobody can de-brand us and UNILAG is bigger than anybody.”