After the Federal Government’s directives for University’s Senate to meet again to nominate an Acting Vice-Chancellor, the recently appointed acting VC, Prof Omololu Soyombo, has stepped down “with immediate effect”.
Soyombo was recently appointed by the governing council led by the Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin, subsequently after last week’s dismissal of Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe. Prof. Soyombo said on Saturday, that it was crucial he backed down from the position because the Federal government had directed the UNILAG Senate to nominate a new acting VC for the varsity.
“The news of the setting up of a Special Visitation Panel to the University of Lagos by the Federal Government was received in the evening of Friday, 21st August 2020. The government also directed the University Senate to nominate an Acting Vice – Chancellor for the University, for confirmation by the Governing Council. With this, I am stepping down, with immediate effect, as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University,” he said.
Soyombo called upon teaching and non-teaching staff including Students of the university to continue to go about their lawful activities in a peaceful manner.
“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all members of staff and our dear students, the staff unions, alumni, and the general public for their wonderful support and cooperation in the past ten days since my appointment as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University on 12th August 2020.
“As I noted in my address to a cross -section of staff on 19th August 2020, I accepted the offer to serve as a call to service, with the objective of restoring peace and stability in the university.
“It is my prayer that the peace and stability that we so much need and desire at this time be restored very quickly, so that the University of Lagos can continue to march on as the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride,” he concluded.