FORMER UNILAG VC, OGUNDIPE DRAGGED BEFORE EFCC BY EX- UNIVERSITY GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBER OVER CONTRACT SCAM

A retired Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Boniface Oye-Adeniran, has demanded a thorough investigation of the suspended Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

According to him, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should commence investigation into the award of contracts “in direct violation of extant regulations” of UNILAG and the country.

He alleged that some Tertiary Education Trust Fund projects were executed and paid for without due process and contrary to the university’s financial regulations of 2016.

“Prof. Toyin Ogundipe exceeded his expenditure limits and approval, and these projects were done and paid for without the University’s Tenders Board, Finance and General Purpose Committee, and Governing Council approval. In addition, these contract awards violated the Public Procurement Act of 2007 and the University of Lagos Financial Regulations of 2016”, Oye-Adeniran, a member of UNILAG’s Appointments and Promotions Board between 2014 and 2018, stated.

The petitioner, who was a member of the UNILAG Governing Council from 2017 to 2019 and a former President, Nigerian Medical Association, made the submissions in a petition to the EFCC dated August 21, 2020, which was obtained by The PUNCH in Abuja on Tuesday.

The petition was entitled: ‘Acts of financial crime by Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe (former Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG)…Mr. Lekan Lawal (Bursar of UNILAG), and Dr James Akanmu (Director of Procurement UNILAG)’

Oye-Adeniran wrote, “Council at its meeting of September 5, 2018, constituted a committee to investigate the university’s expenditure under Prof. Ogundipe as vice-chancellor. Among others, the committee found against Prof. Ogundipe’s management that without the Tenders Board, Finance and General Purpose Committee and Governing Council’s knowledge, approval, and far in excess of his approval limit of N2,500,000.00, Prof. Ogundipe, in his capacity as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, in direct violation of extant regulations of the university and the country, awarded contracts. In other cases, awards made by Prof. Ogundipe or under his leadership did not satisfy the requirements of the Public Procurement Act.

“I am by this petition, respectfully requesting for an urgent investigation into the award of these various contracts and spending by and under Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe’s management when he was vice-chancellor of the university. I have attached comprehensive documents in support of these allegations and undertake to be available for this investigation.”

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