FG Suspends UNILAG’s Convocation Over Power Play Between Management and Governing Council

The Federal Government has directed the authorities of the University of Lagos to suspend its forthcoming convocation ceremonies slated to hold from March 9th to March 12th.

In a letter by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education to the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), the Federal Government said the suspension directive was because the Varsity’s Governing Council did not approve the ceremonies.

“The attention of the honourable minister has been drawn to the attached copy of letter dated 2nd of March, 2020 from the pro-chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. B.O Babalakin to the effect that the 2019 convocation ceremonies were not approved by the Governing Council in line with the laws of the university.

“I am to ,therefore, request that you kindly advise the Vice Chancellor to suspend the Convocation and ensure full compliance with due process.

“Please, accept the assurances of the best regards of the Honourable Minister” the letter said.

The management of the University of Lagos has also announced the postponement on the school’s website.

The statement read: “The Management of the University of Lagos regrets to inform the general public that the 51st (2019) Convocation Ceremonies earlier scheduled to hold from Monday 9th to Thursday 12th March 2020, has been postponed.

“Any inconvenience occasioned by this postponement is highly regretted.”

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