Prof. Omololu Soyombo

Michael Adeshina

Prof. Omololu Soyombo stepped down Saturday from his position as the acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

Soyombo was appointed last week after the governing council led by the Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin sacked the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

However, the Federal Government on Friday ordered that the University of Lagos Senate nominates an acting VC for the varsity.

Soyombo, in a statement on Saturday, confirmed that he stepped down based on the directive.

“The news of the setting up of a Special Visitation Panel to the University of Lagos by the Federal Government was received in the evening of Friday, 21st August 2020. The government also directed the University Senate to nominate an Acting Vice-Chancellor for the University, for confirmation by the Governing Council. With this, I am stepping down, with immediate effect, as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University,” he said.

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Soyombo, however, thanked all staff and students of the institution for their support in his days in office.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all members of staff and our dear students, the staff unions, alumni, and the general public for their wonderful support and cooperation in the past ten days since my appointment as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University on 12th August 2020.

“As I noted in my address to a cross-section of staff on 19th August 2020, I accepted the offer to serve as a call to service, with the objective of restoring peace and stability in the university.

“It is my prayer that the peace and stability that we so much need and desire at this time be restored very quickly, so that the University of Lagos can continue to march on as the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride,” he concluded.