Olaleye Idowu

After a long walk of leadership tussle coming with allegations and counter allegation of mismanagement between  Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and Dr Babalakin, the senate of the University of Lagos has broken a gender record to vote Professor  Folashade Ogunsola who polled 135 as against her closest contestant, Professor Ben Ogbojafor becoming the Acting vice chancellor of the university of Lagos.

Professor Ogundipe was the substantive vice chancellor while Dr Wale Babalakin remains the Board chairman of the institution before leadership imbroglio ensued, a development that made President Mohammadu Buhari requested both parties to recuse themselves in other for independent investigation into what exactly transpired!

Part of President Buhari’s Directive last week was requesting the senate of the University of Lagos to reconvene and nominate acting vice chancellor followed the crisis between both parties.

With her emergence, Ogunsola sets a gender record of becoming the first female to be appointed as an acting VC of university of Lagos since it was founded in 1962.

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

Sixty-two-year-old Ogunsola is a Professor of Clinical Microbiology.

She has, for two decades, been involved in raising awareness on Infection Control in Nigeria.

She was a founding member of the Nigerian Society for Infection Control in 1998 and has assisted in setting up infection control programmes in institutions around the country.

She is the principal investigator at AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria at UNILAG.

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

She has a strong interest in the application of Infection Control principles for the prevention of disease transmission and antimicrobial resistance in low resource settings.

She is a member of the Global Infection Prevention and Control Network.

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