Following his reinstatement as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has come out to officially debunk rumours centered around punishing or sacking members of staff who did not support him during his trials.
Ogundipe, who resumed office today, Thursday, 12th of November, thanked President Buhari for his insistence on following due process in the administration of the University.
He also expressed gratitude to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), the Minister of Education, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the Acting VC, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola and all staff unions present in the institution to mention a few.
Ogundipe, while addressing workers at the senate building of the institution stated that his reinstatement to office was “not by power but by divine intervention”, adding that he wanted to use the opportunity to debunk rumours of him compiling a list of who to punish or sack in the university for not supporting him during his trial period.
“I thank President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu, Executive Secretary of NUC, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, all staff unions, and many people too numerous to mention.
”You have all stood for due process and the matter is not about the University of Lagos, but the university system in Nigeria in general.
“You have invested years of your lives into this university. Let us be united as the issue is not about academic against non-academic staff.
“Let us work together as we are committed to moving the university forward.
”I sincerely appreciate and thank the Acting VC, she is a thoroughbred, somebody you can rely on. She is what the Yoruba call Omoluabi.
”We will rebrand the university and we will make the university a global brand. The management runs an open administration and policy.
”I have not recklessly looted the university. Since 1996, I have held a number of positions here and I have not been found wanting. I am committed to giving my best to this university,” he said.