President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed John Momoh, the Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television, as the acting Chairman of University of Lagos (UNILAG) Governing Council.
This was made known in a letter dated 21 August and signed by Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education.
According to the letter, President Buhari, who is also the visitor to UNILAG, has asked Momoh to convene an emergency council meeting with a view to approving the nomination of the Acting Vice-Chancellor for the university.
The letter partly read: “I am directed to request you to convene an emergency meeting of the governing council to consider and, if found suitable, approve the Senate nomination of the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos in line with the enabling Act.
“You are to preside at the meeting in the absence of the substantive pro-chancellor/chairman of council who has had to recuse himself in line with the visitor’s directives.
“You are to also submit a report on the decision of the council to the visitor through the honourable minister of education immediately thereafter.”
Momoh, a veteran journalist, is the current President of the UNILAG Alumni Association.
The UNILAG Senate had, on Monday, elected Professor Folasade Ogunsola as the acting VC, making her the first woman to hold such a position in the school’s 58-year history.
The election was held after the Federal Government had last Friday asked Wale Babalakin, the university’s Pro-Chancellor; and Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the ousted Vice-Chancellor, to step aside from official duties following the leadership crisis in the institution recently
The Ministry of Education had in a statement in Friday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the setting up of a special visitation panel to address the crisis and also asked the institution’s Senate to nominate an acting Vice-Chancellor.