UNILAG VC: Babalakin stopped convocation with false claims

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Professor Toyin Ogundipe, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, has refuted the claims by the chairman of the Governing Council of the university Dr. Wale Babalakin that permission was not sought for the convocation ceremonies which was to hold this month, report says.

According to report, the vice-chancellor disclosed this in a statement on Monday, March 16, 2020. He explained that the claim was not a true reflection of the council meeting.

Part of his statement read:

‘Excerpt of the minutes of the January 21 and 22, 2020 are thus reproduced:

‘Council was informed that the 2019 convocation ceremonies have been scheduled between March 9 and 13, 2020. The chairman informed members that all matters on the convocation ceremonies shall be considered at the council meeting of January 22, 2020.

‘Council received and considered CP. No 2019/20/3b, which contained the nominees for honorary doctorate degree at the 51st convocation ceremonies of the university and the proposed budget estimate.

‘It is pertinent to note that despite the special appeal by Senate following its emergency meeting of March 4, 2020, and entreaties by virtually all members of council at the council meeting of March 4, 2020 for the pro-chancellor to speak to the NUC and the ministry to persuade them to allow the convocation ceremonies to hold as planned, the pro-chancellor did not heed the pleas.’

The professor also explained that the deliberation of the council on honorary doctorate nominees at the meeting was extensive, noting that Babalakin suggested the inclusion of late Dr Stella Adadevoh for a posthumous award which was forwarded to the honours committee.

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