The Federal Government has said President Muhammadu Buhari as a visitor to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) will not interfere or influence the work of the Special Presidential Visitation Panel he set up to probe the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Prof Ogundipe was removed from office by the Wale Babalakin-led Governing Council over allegations of financial infractions and others.
On Saturday last week, the President announced the setting up of a special panel to look into the processes leading to the removal of Ogundipe and subsequently asked Babalakin, who was the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Council and the former vice-chancellor to step aside until investigation was concluded.
President Buhari, the government noted, has no personal interest other than that of the university. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said this during the inauguration of the seven-member panel looking into the removal of Ogundipe from office by the Governing Council of the university.
The special presidential visitation panel, which is chaired by Prof Tukur Sa’ad, has two weeks to complete its assignment and submit a report to the Federal Government.
Adamu advised the panel chairman to focus its probe only on the issue of the crisis rocking the university.
He said the Federal Ministry of Education over the past one year, had been inundated with complaints and correspondences from the management and the governing council of the university as well as the National Assembly, on lingering governance issues in the institution, including allegations of financial infractions and breach of responsibilities.