Crisis: FG dismisses media reports indicting UNILAG

The Federal Government has dismissed media reports that a visitation panel report had indicted the of University of Lagos (UNILAG) following the leadership crisis that engulfed the university in 2020.

The Permanent Secretary in the Federal ministry of education, Mr Sonny Echono, dismissed the allegations during a news conference in Abuja on Monday.

Echono said the Federal Government was in the process of setting issuing a white paper on the regular visitation panel committees address all findings and recommendations, including  that of UNILAG.

He added that Federal Government had earlier issued a White Paper on the report of the 2020 Special Presidential Visitation Panel UNILAG which culminated in the dissolution of the former Governing Council and the reinstatement of the Vice Cancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

He described the claims in the media as false, unfounded and mischievous, as they have no bearing with the report submitted by the Panel.

“When government sets up panels, they are usually for a specific purpose articulated in the terms of reference of each panel which guides the direction the panelists are carry out their functions.

“In 2020, was a crisis in UNILAG and a special visitation panel was set up look at the issues.

“The Federal Government had removed the Vice Chancellor and was given 10 terms of reference to the removal of the Vice Chancellor and the appointment of an acting Vice Chancellor.

“The special panel submitted report which the government considered for a white paper,” he said.

Echono, who said that the report of a special visitation panel was submitted the ministry on Aug. 31, condemned the distraction coming from the media, saying was unnecessary and a forgery.

is unfortunate this is coming from the media, we do not deserve this distraction. We be allowed focus on restoring our university systems.

“The white paper for the special visitation panel the schools in the public domain and the media can request for it.”

Echono, however, said that the government would explore all avenues bring the culprits in the malicious publication book.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, had in 2020, dissolved the governing council of the university over the leadership crisis that engulfed the institution, reinstating the suspended vice-chancellor.

He directed that all allegations made against the vice chancellor and the of the university before and after the constitution of the “Special Visitation Panel” be referred the “Regular Visitation Panel. (NAN)