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UNILAG Suspends 2020/2021 Post-UTME Screening Indefinitely



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The University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Thursday announced the indefinite postponement of its 2020/2021 Post-UTME Screening exercise.

Naija News reports that the academic institution made this known in a statement titled ‘2020/2021 post-UTME: notice of postponement’.

Recall that UNILAG management had earlier fixed its post-UTME exercise to hold between Monday, November 30, and Saturday, December 12, 2020.

The institution’s Thursday statement read, “The University wishes to inform all prospective candidates of the 2020/2021 Post-UTME Screening exercise earlier slated for Monday, November 30 to Saturday, December 12, 2020, that the screening has been postponed.

“New dates will be communicated as soon as possible. Any inconvenience occasioned by
this postponement is highly regretted.”

Before the November 30 date, UNILAG had fixed its post-UTME for Wednesday, November 18 to Thursday, December 3, 2020.

UNILAG said the earlier postponement was as a result of a change in the date of the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination of the National Examination Council.

Naija News recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 11, 2020, reinstated Professor Oluwatoyi Ogundipe, as the VC of UNILAG, and dissolved the Governing Council of the institution led by Dr. B.O Babalakin.

This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘Re: Report of special visitation panel to UNILAG’ by Ben-Bem Goong, Director Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Education.

The statement reads in part: “President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Visitor to the University of Lagos has approved the Report of the Special Visitation Panel to the University of Lagos.

“The highlights of the findings and recommendations approved by Mr. President are as follows – the removal of Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe as the Vice-Chancellor did not follow due process.

“The Vice-Chancellor was not granted an opportunity to defend himself on the allegations upon which his removal was based. He should accordingly be re-instated.

“All allegations made against the Vice-Chancellor and the management of the University before and after the Constitution of the Special Visitation Panel should be referred to regular Visitation Panel for thorough investigation and necessary recommendations.

The process adopted by the Council in the appointment of Professor Omololu Soyombo as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University was inconsistent with the provisions of the Law relating to the appointment of an Acting Vice-Chancellor.

“The Governing Council should be dissolved.

“Mr. President after careful review of the report has approved all the recommendations of the Panel.

‘Accordingly, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe is hereby reinstated as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

“The Governing Council of the University of Lagos Chaired by Dr. B. O. Babalakin is hereby dissolved. Mr. President hopes these steps will bring peace, stability, focus and direction to the University.”

Source: Naija News

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