Soyombo steps down as acting UNILAG VC

Professor Theophillus Omololu Soyombo, on Saturday, stepped down as the acting Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.

He made the disclosure in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday evening.

Professor Soyombo, a former dean of Faculty of Social Sciences of the university, was appointed into the office on Thursday, last week, in a controversial manner by the Dr Wale Babalakin-led governing council of the university following the purported sack of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor of the university.

At the moment, both Dr Babalakin and Professor Ogundipe had been asked by the Federal Government to step aside from their official duties even as the university’s senate had been mandated to nominate an acting vice-chancellor for the university.

Soyombo, in the statement, said with the latest news concerning the university “I am stepping down with immediate effect as Acting Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG.

“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.

“And as I noted in my address to a cross-section of staff on 19th August 2020, I accepted the offer as a call to service, with the objective of restoring peace and stability in the university.

“So, 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.”

Soyombo, however, urged all members of staff and students of the university to continue to go about their lawful activities in a peaceful manner.

 

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