Following report submitted by the Special Visitation Panel on the appointment of the 9th Vice-Chancellor for Lagos State University (LASU), the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered an immediate dissolution of the Governing Council and removal of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo.
The governor’s decision was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and made available to newsmen on Friday, indicating the implementation of recommendations in the 60-page report submitted by a panel chaired by former VC of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Bamitale Omole.
According to him, the council’s led by the former Pro-chancellor engaged in activities that were flagrant contravention of extant laws, breach of due process, failure, and total disregard to follow its own laid down criteria guiding the process for the appointment of a 9th Vice-Chancellor as publicly advertised.
Due to these, the governor, who invoked Lagos State University Law, Cap L69 volume 7, Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (as amended), cancelled the second exercise carried out to appoint the 9th Substantive Vice-Chancellor for the institution and ordered that another fresh process commence immediately.
Assuring academia that a new Governing Council for the varsity would be constituted and that it would conduct a new process for the appointment of the 9th Vice-Chancellor, the governor explained that the registrar was mandated to embark on leave because it was discovered that he did not perform his role as expected.
Sanwo-Olu said: “The registrar, having failed to advise the Joint Council and Senate Committee against taking wrong decisions, which were against the provision of the law during the two failed exercises of 2020 and 2021, should proceed on leave and an acting registrar will superintend over the new exercise.
“The Acting Vice-Chancellor is to forward to the Governor/Visitor through the Surrogate Council (Special Adviser on Education) the list of all the Deputy Registrars of Lagos State University for the purpose of appointing an Acting Registrar for the University.
“The Governor/Visitor following the recommendation of the Special Visitation Panel, shall be setting up a full Visitation Panel for Lagos State University immediately”.