The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), on Thursday, March 5; announced the suspension of the 2020 convocation programme.
It was garnered that this decision was connected to a lingering dispute between Wale Babalakin, chairman of the governing council of UNILAG; and the management of the institution.
The convocation ceremony was slated to begin from March 9 to 12.
In a letter dated March 2 addressed to Adamu Adamu; minister of education, Babalakin said the university did not follow due process before reaching its decision.
Babalakin had maintained that the convocation ceremonies were not approved by the governing council of the university; hence the call that the minister halts the process.
Responding to the letter, Adamu had written to the university through Sunny Echonu; the ministry’s permanent secretary, to the National Universities Commission (NUC), to effect the suspension of the convocation.
“The attention of the Honourable Minister has been drawn to the attached copy of the letter dated 2nd of March 2020 from the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council; to the effect that the 2019 Convocation Ceremonies were not approved by the Governing Council; in line with the laws of the University,” the statement read.
“I am to, therefore, request that you kindly advise the Vice-Chancellor to suspend the Convocation and ensure full compliance with due process.”
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; had during a pre-convocation news conference on Monday in Lagos said no fewer than 100 first-class graduates of the university would be offered employment.
The vice-chancellor announced that the university had secured N250 million funding from the Bank of Industry; to support entrepreneurship drive in the institution.
According to him, the university has also attracted about N7 billion for research from local and international agencies.
Giving a breakdown of the graduating students; the VC stated that a total of 13,489 of them would receive degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the convocation ceremonies.
He said that 281 of the students bagged first-class degrees while 13,489 others would receive degrees, diplomas, and certificates in various fields.