The Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin(SAN), who was the chairman of the negotiating team since January 6th, 2017 has resigned.
His resignation followed an alleged disagreement with the Federal Government on the Visitation Panel sent to the university.
In his disagreement, he said the visitation panel was raised to exonerate the Vice-Chancellor and implicate the Pro-Chancellor.
Although he appeared in protest before the panel, he made it clear that the panel could not determine the issues before it as there were too many vested interests in the UNILAG affair, who were not approaching the issues objectively.
Babalakin said it had come to a stage he must stand by his principles since the Federal Government believed the actions he took may not be right.
He also clearly stated that he will not be available again to serve as the chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team on the Agreement reached with university unions in 2009.
He further said he had served the university system in Nigeria with his heart and intellect and as Pro-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri and the University of Lagos, he did not receive sitting allowances and other perks of office.
Babalakin’s letter of resignation to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu was dated September 15, 2020 but it was made public barely a few hours after the submission of the report of the Visitation Panel on September 17, 2020.
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The same letter was copied President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the Visitor to the university.