Prof. Folasade Ogunsola emerges acting UNILAG VC after securing highest Senate votes

The University of Lagos Senate has nominated Professor Folasade Ogunsola acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

According to Punch, Prof. Ogunsola secured the highest number of votes in the election held by members of the UNILAG Senate to choose an acting VC on Monday.

Ogunsola, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development Services, contested with Prof. Ben Ogbojafor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services.


Out of the 167 senate members who voted at the exercise, Ogunsola secured 135 votes, while Ogbojafor 31 votes, one voided vote was recorded.

Chairman of the Senate Emergency Committee, Prof. Chioma Agomo, also announced the result to journalists after the election.

Professor Ogunsola is expected to act in the new role until the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Federal Government had last week directed the university’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Wale Babalakin, and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, to recuse themselves from official duties.

FG had also asked UNILAG Senate to reconvene to appoint an acting VC.

Folasade Tolulope Ogunsola, 62, is a professor of medical microbiology who specialises in disease control, particularly HIV/AIDS.

Ogunsola was also an ex-provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, and is reputed as being the first woman to occupy the position.

She became the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services) of the institution in 2017.

“Her research areas have been centered on the regulation and management of viral diseases, particularly HIV.

“She is the principal investigator at AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria at the University of Lagos.

“She has also been the chairman of the Infection Control Committee of Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Additionally, she is the chairman of the National Association of Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria.

“In 2018, she expressed concern on disease prevention and control in Nigeria. She identified poor hygiene and overuse of antibiotics as practices that foster antimicrobial-drug resistance.

“Providing a solution, she maintained that sustained Infection Prevention and Control infrastructure and programmes should be built around a set of core components which include guidelines, training, surveillance, multimodal strategies for implementing IPC, monitoring and evaluation among others,” the citation added.


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