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Sanwo-Olu distances self from LASU VC appointment process

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Leshi Adebayo

 

 

 

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, said he would not interfere with the ongoing selection process that would lead to the appointment of the ninth substantive Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU).

He said he does not have personal interest in who is appointed as the next Vice Chancellor of the state-owned institution, adding he has no intention to influence the process, as due process would be followed in the appointment.

The governor made the statement during the visitation of members of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) led by its chairman, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Sanwo-Olu said, “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.

The governor said plans were in motion to establish two additional universities of technology and education in the State, in accordance with his pledge to ensure adequate and continuous funding for state-owned tertiary institutions in Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu also 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, stating that the property would be released to the Committee at no cost.

According to him, his administration will support the Committee on its forthcoming 60th anniversary celebration holding next year.

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

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 seek for mutually rewarded partnership with Lagos State Government and the people in that regard.

 

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