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Sanwo-Olu promises to stay off LASU VC selection process

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos State Government has promised not to interfere with the ongoing selection process that would lead to the appointment of a substantive Vice-Chancellor for the state-owned tertiary institution, Lagos State University (LASU).

Sanow-Olu said that he does not have a personal interest in who becomes the next Vice-Chancellor of the tertiary institution and has no intention to influence the process leading to the appointment.

While stressing that due process would be followed in the appointment procedure, the governor assured Lagosians that the process initiated for the selection process would be transparent and give each applicant for the seat equal opportunity to occupy the seat.

He gave the assurance on Tuesday while receiving members of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) led by its chairman, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja

“The process for the appointment of the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU) is ongoing and I can assure you that all the laws and due process that would lead to the appointment of the vice-chancellor would be fully adhered to.

“I have no intention to interfere or have any interest in the choice of who would be vice-chancellor. We have put in the committee, men, and women of impeccable character that have distinguished themselves and are willing to do for us a good job,” he added.

Sanwo-Olu, who promised adequate and continuous funding for state-owned tertiary institutions in the state, said plans were in top gear to establish two additional universities of technology and education in the State.

He further promised to assist the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities to get back the title documents of its property situated at Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island in Lagos, saying the property would be released to the Committee at no cost.

The governor said Lagos State Government will support the Committee on its forthcoming 60th-anniversary celebration holding next year.

Earlier, Edoumiekumo commended the Governor for rising to the occasion when the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the state and for delivering dividends of democracy to the people of Lagos State in different sectors.

He said the ongoing metro rail system and the proposed 38 kilometres long Fourth Mainland bridge project, which according to him is one of the single most significant infrastructure projects undertaken by a state government in Nigeria, are testimonies of a thoroughly focused government.

The Chairman of CVCNU said Governor Sanwo-Olu’s support as the Visitor to the Lagos State University is commendable and called for the Lagos State Government’s support for the forthcoming 60th anniversary of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

“As Nigeria’s economic and social powerhouse, Lagos is arguably a mini-Nigeria and leader in its federation of states. Lagos sets the agenda and leads other states to emulate in economic development, innovation, good governance, and education,” he said.

Edoumiekumo said the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities is desirous of working with key stakeholders to improve the Nigeria University system and therefore seeks for mutually rewarded partnership with Lagos State Government and the people in that regard.

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