After months of crisis at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) between the management and the members of the governing board, the pro-chancellor of the institution, Wale Babalakin (SAN), has resigned.
The Nation reports that his resignation followed an alleged disagreement with the federal government on the visitation panel sent to the university.
There were too many vested interests in UNILAG matter, who were not approaching the issues objectively.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said it has come to a stage he must stand by his principles since the federal government believed the actions he took may not be right.
He said the visitation panel was raised to exonerate the vice-chancellor and implicate the pro-chancellor, adding that although he appeared in protest before the panel, he made it clear that the panel could not determine the issues before it.
Former pro-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Wale Babalakin. Source: Depositphotos Babalakin said he would also not be available again to serve as the chairman of the federal government negotiation team on the agreement reached with university unions in 2009.
He said he had served the university system in Nigeria with his heart and intellect, stressing that as pro-chancellor of the University of Maiduguri and the University of Lagos, he did not receive sitting allowances and other perks of office.
The prominent lawyer emphasised that he did not allow the two institutions to provide him with food or drinks, noting that he paid for every right or privilege that was conferred on me.
The newspaper reported that Babalakin’s letter of resignation to the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, was dated September 15, 2020, but it was made public barely a few hours after the submission of the report of the visitation panel.
“I would like to thank the president of the federal of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to serve as the pro-chancellor of the University of Lagos from May 2017 till date.
“I am also grateful that I was considered fit to be the chairman of the federal government Negotiation Team on the Agreement reached with university unions in 2009, from 6th January 2017 till date.
I equally want to thank you sir, for your role in recommending me to the president.
Sir, it is noteworthy that all the federal government Representatives who are the independent members on the governing council voted for the removal of the vice-chancellor.
“After calm had been restored in the university, the visitor acting within his powers, set up a Presidential Visitation Panel to review the actions taken by governing council.
“The vice-chancellor (who had been removed from office) and myself were told to recuse ourselves for the duration of the visitation panel.
“I find it difficult to understand how a non-executive chairman of a governing council could be requested to recuse himself during the visitation,” the letter read in part.
Meanwhile, a report had previously reported that Prof Tukur Sa’ad, the chairman of the presidential probe panel investigating the UNILAG crisis that saw the removal of Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the institution’s vice-chancellor, submitted its report.
It was reported that Sa’ad met with the minister of education, Adamu Adamu on Wednesday, September 16, to submit the findings of the panel.