In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 18th, September, 2020

UNILAG Professional-chancellor, Wale Babalakin Tenders Resignation Letter

UNILAG Pro-chancellor, Wale Babalakin Tenders Resignation Letter

Wale Babalakin

Wale Babalakin

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Wale Babalakin has resigned because the pro-chancellor of the College of Lagos.

Babalakin conveyed information of his resignation in a letter dated September 15, 2020 and addressed to Adamu Adamu, the minister of training.

The professional-chancellor who despatched in his resignation after he was suspended by the federal authorities, stated his choice was primarily based on many “vested pursuits” asides different points he raised.

The resignation letter learn;

“I wish to thank the President of the Federal of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the chance to function the Professional-Chancellor of the College of Lagos (the “College”) from Might 2017 until date.

“I’m additionally grateful that I used to be thought of match to be the Chairman of the Federal Authorities Negotiation Staff on the Settlement reached with college unions in 2009, from sixth January 2017 until date. I equally wish to thanks sir, in your position in recommending me to the President.

“Latest occasions have made my place in these two places of work untenable.

“I led the Governing Council of the College to take away the Vice-Chancellor of the College from workplace for amongst different causes: (a)Corruption and monetary recklessness; (b)Forgery; (c) Complicity within the collapse of the College library and deliberate cowl up; (d) Deliberate coverage of wrongfully concealing info; ( e) Depriving the Schools within the College of funds; (f)Concealing and distorting funds of the Internally Producing Items of the College; (g)Undermining the tutorial course of and in search of to nominate a Professor by fiat; (h) Siphoning of the College’s funds by means of doubtful contract awards; (i)Undermining the workplace of the Registrar; (j) Failure to observe due course of in organizing the College’s convocation ceremony; and (ok)Sponsoring or acquiescing within the unconstitutional actions of the Tutorial Employees Union of Universities (ASUU), College of Lagos chapter.

“Sir, it’s noteworthy that each one the Federal Authorities Representatives who’re the impartial members on the Governing Council voted for the removing of the Vice-Chancellor.

“After calm had been restored within the College, the Customer performing inside his powers, arrange a Presidential Visitation Panel to assessment the actions taken by Governing Council.

“The Vice-Chancellor (who had been faraway from workplace) and myself had been advised to recuse ourselves all through the Visitation Panel.

“I discover it obscure how a non-executive Chairman of a Governing Council could possibly be requested to recuse himself through the visitation

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“The Vice-Chancellor might solely recuse himself if he had been nonetheless in workplace. Implicit on this place is that the Vice-Chancellor was acknowledged as nonetheless being in workplace regardless of his removing.

“The phrases of reference of the Visitation Panel clearly indicated to any discerning individual that the Visitation Panel was empanelled to exonerate the Vice-Chancellor and implicate the Professional-Chancellor.

“For simple reference, the phrases of reference of the Visitation Panel are:

To assessment the report of the Council sub-committee on assessment of expenditure of the College of Lagos since Might 2017 and make applicable suggestions after affording all these indicted a chance to defend themselves;

To look at the steps taken by the Council resulting in the removing of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, and verify whether or not due course of was adopted as stipulated within the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Modification) Act, 2003, and the precept of truthful listening to adhered to;

To find out whether or not the method (if any) resulting in the appointment of the performing Vice Chancellor for the College was per the provisions of the enabling Act;

To make applicable suggestions together with sanctions for all these discovered culpable by the particular visitation group on the allegations contained within the report in addition to different subsequent actions arising therefrom; and

To make every other suggestions that may help the federal government to take choices that may guarantee peaceable, steady and efficient administration of the College.

“As acknowledged earlier, the Vice-Chancellor was eliminated for varied causes and never simply on account of the findings contained within the Dagari Report. Objects (b) and (c) had been directed on the Professional-Chancellor and Governing Council.

“Sadly, these gadgets take care of the interpretation of the legal guidelines of the land. The suitable discussion board to find out the legal guidelines of the land is a courtroom of regulation or a judicial tribunal. It can’t be decided by lecturers of a unique self-discipline regardless of how distinguished. These phrases of reference are ultra-vires the Visitation Panel as constituted.”

The membership of the Visitation Panel is just inappropriate within the circumstance. How can a committee of Vice-Chancellors decide the culpability or in any other case of the actions of a Professional-Chancellor and a Governing Council?”

“On the face of it, it’s merely incorrect! Moreover, the Vice-Chancellors on the Panel had been drawn from comparatively smaller universities who usually are not more likely to have a complete understanding of the process contained within the College of Lagos Act (as amended).

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“Even Vice-Chancellors of state universities had been included. As Chairman of the Federal Authorities Negotiation Staff, I do know the challenges confronted with the administration of state universities.

“I solely appeared earlier than the Panel out of my very nice respect for you, Sir. My coaching as a lawyer revealed to me very clearly, that the Panel was inappropriate for the task.

“Throughout my look, I made it very clear that I used to be showing in protest and the Panel, as constituted, couldn’t decide the problems earlier than it. The lively participation of the workers of the Ministry of Training within the Panel and their contributions all through the sittings particularly the hounding of witnesses who got here to testify in opposition to the Vice-Chancellor was sufficient to indicate very clearly that the technocrats within the Ministry had an outlined agenda.

“Their apparent agenda was to humiliate the Governing Council. Sir, fortuitously there’s a verbatim recording of the proceedings of the Visitation Panel, and chances are you’ll want to direct goal individuals to hearken to the recording.

“I’m notably relieved by the remark of the Chancellor of the College, His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al Amin El-Kanemi CFR on the scenario within the College. In a letter dated 15th September 2020 and addressed to your good self (which I used to be copied), His Royal Highness acknowledged thus:

“I’ve found that there are too many vested pursuits on this matter, who usually are not approaching the problems objectively. Because of this, I strongly advise that the Visitation Panel mustn’t submit any formal report back to the Minister which will hinder my capacity to take care of the problems comprehensively

“I’ve served the college system in Nigeria with my coronary heart and mind. Amongst different places of work, I used to be:

 Professional-Chancellor, College of Maiduguri (2009 – 2013);

Chairman, Council of Professional-Chancellors of all Federal Universities (2009 – 2013);

Chairman, Federal Authorities Implementation Staff of the 2009 Settlement (2009 – 2013);

Chairman, Federal Authorities Negotiation Staff of the 2009 Settlement (2017 until date);

Professional-Chancellor, College of Lagos (2017 until date).

“These had been made attainable by a system that offered assets and likewise ensured correct monitoring of the assets.

“The tutorial system in Nigeria requires extra funding however most significantly, it requires prudent administration of the restricted assets.

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“It was my dedication to make sure that the restricted assets of the College of Lagos had been correctly utilized that motivated me to steer the Governing Council to take the choices which the Governing Council took.

“In all these positions that I’ve held, I didn’t obtain any remuneration. Particularly:

“I didn’t obtain any sitting allowance. I didn’t obtain any tickets or journey allowance.

I didn’t obtain or use any official automotive.

Within the College of Maiduguri and College of Lagos, I didn’t enable the establishments to offer me with meals or drinks. I paid for each proper or privilege that was conferred on me.

“Even after I travelled to the United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on behalf of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria, I paid for my ticket and my bills.

“I didn’t get hold of any contract from the training sector in my relative lengthy sojourn within the sector.

“My motivation for my actions is that I had one of the best training that an mind might present in Nigeria and overseas. It’s my fervent want that each Nigerian ought to have the form of alternatives I had.

“I stay very grateful to all of the members of the Federal Authorities group on the Governing Council of the College of Lagos, particularly: Alhaji Ali Hussein; Rev. Yomi Kasali; Dr. Bayo Adaralegbe; and Dr. Saminu Dagari.

“It might be very troublesome to discover a group of extra selfless individuals than these people. It’s acutely hurtful that I’m leaving earlier than attaining our aim of sanitizing the College of Lagos, and turning it to a reference level in Africa and the world, reasonably than the unenviable poor place it now occupies.

“Sadly, I have to stand by precept. In a scenario the place my employers imagine that the actions I took will not be proper, the suitable factor to do is bow out in honour. Sir, could the Almighty Allah proceed to bless you”.

 

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