Friday, 18 September 2020

Wale Babalakin's Resignation Letter As UNILAG Pro Chancellor


15th September 2020

The Honourable Minister of Education

Federal Ministry of Education

Block 5A, Federal Secretariat Complex

ShehuShagari Way


Attention: Mallam Adamu Adamu

Dear Sir


I would like to thank the President of the Federal of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (the “University”) from May 2017 till date. I am also grateful that I was considered fit to be the Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team on the Agreement reached with university unions in 2009, from 6th January 2017 till date. I equally want to thank you sir, for your role in recommending me to the President.

Recent events have made my position in these two offices untenable.

I led the Governing Council of the University to remove the Vice-Chancellor of the University from office for amongst other reasons:

I did not receive any sitting allowance.

I did not receive any tickets or travel allowance.

I did not receive or use any official car.

In the University of Maiduguri and University of Lagos, I did not allow the institutions to provide me with food or drinks. I paid for every right or privilege that was conferred on me.

Even when I travelled to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, I paid for my ticket and my expenses.

I did not obtain any contract from the education sector in my relative long sojourn in the sector.

My motivation for my actions is that I had the best education that an intellect could provide in Nigeria and abroad. It is my fervent desire that every Nigerian should have the sort of opportunities I had.

I remain very grateful to all the members of the Federal Government team on the Governing Council of the University of Lagos, namely:

Alhaji Ali Hussein;

Rev. Yomi Kasai

Dr.BayoAdaralegbe; and


It would be very difficult to find a group of more selfless personsthan these individuals. It is acutely hurtful that I am leaving before achieving our goal of sanitizing the University of Lagos, and turning it to a reference point in Africa and the world, rather than the unenviable poor position it now occupies. Unfortunately, I must stand by principle. In a situation where my employers believe that the actions I took may not be right, the appropriate thing to do is bow out in honour.

Sir, may the Almighty Allah continue to bless you.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Wale Babalakin

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