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UNILAG Crisis: Education Minister Inaugurates FG’s 7-Member Visitation Panel

Following the leadership crisis that erupted recently in the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the Nigerian Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has inaugurated a seven-member presidential panel to look into the crisis in the school and submit recommendations that would put the school back on course.

The members of the panel include, Prof.Tukur Sahad, who will serve as the Chairman, Prof. Adamu Usman, Board Chairman of UBEC, Prof. Ikenna Onyedo, former Vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike (FUAM), Prof. Ekanem Braid, former Vice-chancellor of Cross River State University, Prof. Victor Onoha, Alhaji Jimoh Bankole, former Bursar at the University of Ibadan (UI) and Mrs Grace Ekanem, Director of Legal Services at the Ministry of Education.

Speaking at the panel’s inauguration in Abuja on Wednesday, the minister charged members of the panel to conclude its assignment and submit its report within two weeks from the time of the inauguration.

According to him, members by the terms of reference of this panel are 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.

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“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.

“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.

“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.

“And make any recommendations that will assist the government to make decisions that will ensure peaceful, stable, and effective administration of the university,” he said.

Adamu, however, urged stakeholders in the University of Lagos to fully cooperate with the panel and to allow it to work unhindered. (NAN)

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