President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Chief Executive Officer of Channels TV and President of the University of Lagos Alumni Association Worldwide, Dr. John Momoh, as interim chairman of UNILAG Governing Council.
His appointment was contained in a letter signed by Sonny Echono, permanent secretary of the federal ministry of education, and dated August 21.
In the letter referenced FME/PS/606/C.I/III/129 and titled “Emergency Meeting of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos”, Momoh was directed to “consider and, if found suitable, approve the senate nomination of the acting vice-chancellor” for the university.
“You are to preside at the meeting in the absence of the substantive pro-chancellor/chairman of council who has had to recuse himself in line with the visitor’s directive,” the letter read. You are to also submit a report on the decision of the council to the visitor through the honourable minister of education immediately thereafter.”
As such, the first task of John Momoh who has been a member of the UNILAG Governing Council will be to approve the election of the new acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Folashade Ogunsola.
John Momoh in his acting capacity will replace Wale Babalakin who was directed alongside Vice-Chancellor Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, to recuse themselves from official duties pending the outcome of the special visitation panel set up by the president.
The long running crises at the University of Lagos hit a crescendo after the removal of Prof. Ogundipe reportedly for financial impropriety by the Wale Babalakin-led governing councilhit a crescendo after the removal of Prof. Ogundipe reportedly for financial impropriety by the Wale Babalakin-led governing council.
With the election of the acting VC and the appointment of the acting Chairman of the governing council, a end is in sight for the crisis that has rocked one of Nigeria’s leading universities.