UNILAG Council absolves principal officers of fraud

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The Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has absolved top officials served queries for financial misappropriation last week of wrong doing. This comes after a two-day special meeting of the Council on Monday and Tuesday to deliberate on the reports of two committees on financial expenditure in the university. A source who refused to be named because of lack of authority to speak to the media, noted the officials, including the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics & Research), Prof Wole Familoni; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services), Prof Folasade Ogunsola; and the Bursar, Mr Nurudeen Olalekan Lawal, were allowed to defend themselves, which did not happen while the committees did their investigation. The officers and the members of the Governing Council are however to meet with members of the officials of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on Wednesday, and House of Representatives members serving on the Public Procurements Committee on Thursday. Read Also: ABC of the crisis at UNILAG The source stated: “Following the opportunity given the people indicted by the report, the meeting absolved the officials of any financial malfeasance. The affected principal officers and members of governing council will be meeting with officials of NUC and representatives of the House of Representatives to find an enduring solution to what is becoming more of communication gap crisis.” When asked via WhatsApp to confirm if the officials were absolved by the Council, the Vice-Chancellor responded: “Yes, thank you”.

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