5th March, 2020
The management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, has suspended the 51st convocation programme of the institution, previously scheduled to start March 9, 2020.
This was disclosed in a circular signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mr Oladejo Azeez without stating any reason for the suspension.
However, a leaked memo addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education (FME), Sonny Ochono, noted that the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the University, Dr. Wale Babalakin had informed the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu in a letter dated March 2, 2020 that the programme was not approved by the Governing Council.
The letter titled: “Re: Invitation to the 2019 Convocation Ceremony of the University of Lagos” reads:
“The attention of the honourable minister has been drawn to the attached copy of letter dated 2nd of March 2020 from the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. B.O. Babalakin to the effect that the 2019 convocation ceremonies were not approved by the Governing Council in line with the laws of the University.
“I am to, therefore, request that you kindly advise the Vice-Chancellor to suspend the convocation and ensure full compliance with due process.”