SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 24 – The crisis in the University of Lagos(UNILAG) has reached a decisive point with the emergence of Professor Folasade Ogunsola as the Acting Vice Chancelor.
The Senate of the University on Monday, elected Ogunshola, the deputy vice-chancellor in charge of development services, as the institution’s acting vice-chancellor, following the order from the federal government for the senate to elect the next leader of the institution.
She is the first female to be so appointed in the history of the 58-year-old ivory institution.
Mrs Ogunsola, a professor of medical microbiology and first child of Nigeria’s first professor of Geography, Akin Mabogunje, was also the first female provost of the university’s college of medicine, Idi-Araba.
She defeated her opponent and a deputy vice-chancellor in charge of management services, Ben Oghojafor, with a wide margin. She scored 135 votes as against Oghojafor’s 31 among the senate members.
A total of 167 professors were accredited for voting while one vote was voided, according to media reports.
The Federal Government on Friday, suspended Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of University of Lagos, Dr Wale Babalakin, SAN and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, over the lingering crisis in the institution.
The government also constituted a Special Visitation Panel to look into the crisis in the university and directed the senate to convene urgently and appoint an Acting Vice-Chancellor.
In a statement issued on Friday to announce the president’s recommendations, the director of press at the federal ministry of education, Ben Goong, noted that the panel would be inaugurated by the minister, Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday.