UPDATED: Babalakin appears before UNILAG panel, declines interview

Suspended Chairman, University of Lagos Governing Council, Dr Wale Babalakin, appeared before the Special Visitation Panel on Thursday.

He arrived at the venue of the panel, UNILAG council chambers, around 8.50 am.

However, Babalakin declined to speak with members of the press who approached him as he stepped out of the UNILAG council chambers.

He stepped out of the Chambers at 1.15 pm.

“Nobody has spoken to the press since this visitation panel started. I have made the presentation and that is all. I have no comment,” he said.

Likewise, all the unions of UNILAG, including Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, the National Association of Academic Technologists, and the Non-Academic Staff Union are expected to appear before the visitation panel.

The Federal Government had directed Babalakin, and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, to rescue themselves from official duties, pending the outcome of the investigation by the special visitation panel.

The panel, which is chaired by Prof. Tukur Sa’ad, has two weeks to submit its report.

A letter signed by the Secretary to the Panel, Mrs Grace Ekanem, had requested that memoranda be submitted to the panel at the Council Chambers.

The Chairman of the UNILAG Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr Dele Ashiru, said the body submitted its memorandum to the panel on Monday.

Prof. Folasade Ogunsola was nominated as the acting Vice-Chancellor by the UNILAG Senate at an emergency meeting and was confirmed by the Governing Council during a virtual meeting presided over by the acting chairman, Dr John Momoh.

Source: Punch News

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