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The Federal Government on Wednesday distanced itself from the purported sacking of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, by its Governing Council, saying it has not been briefed.

Newsmen reported that UNILAG GC had in a statement by its Registrar and Secretary, Oladejo Azeez, titled, ‘Notice to the general public on the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG’, said the VC was sacked “based on an investigation of serious acts of wrongdoing, gross misconduct, financial recklessness and abuse of office.”

But the Director of Press in the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, in a statement said while the ministry awaits proper briefing from UNILAG authorities, it was important to reaffirm that council has the power to hire and fire but must follow due process.

The statement read, “My dear colleagues, the Federal Ministry of Education wishes to state that it is yet to be briefed on the developments at the University of Lagos regarding the purported removal of the VC.

“While the ministry awaits for the proper briefing from the university authorities, it is important to reaffirm that council has the power to hire and fire, but that due process must be followed in doing so.”

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