The six-member special visitation panel on the appointment of the 9th substantive Vice-Chancellor, VC, of the Lagos State University, LASU, has submitted its report
The panel, chaired by a former VC of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Bamitale Omole, turned in a three- volume report to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House Ikeja, thirty-seven days after it was constituted to examine if the extant laws of the university and other relevant guidelines were followed in the process of appointing a new VC.
Prof Omole told the Governor that all stakeholders including individuals, groups, associations, unions, guild, the academia and traditional rulers who submitted memoranda were given ample opportunities to present their submissions and the documents presented to the Governor are final products of the carefully conducted exercise
Thanking the panel members for a job well done, Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed the hope that the report would enable his administration to achieve peaceful transition and foster industrial relations in the institution.
The Governor pledged his commitment to give all stakeholders a level playing field, noting that the panel was raised in the overall interest of students and image of the institution.
He said: “This effort is geared towards ensuring that there is equality, fairness, transparency, openness and level playground for all in the process of selection and to ensure that the best and the most qualified person that will drive the established vision of the school’s founding fathers emerges at the end of the process.
“I thank the chairman of the special visitation panel, Prof. Bamitale Omole, and all other members of the panel for the sacrifice, selflessness and inconveniences they had to bear in the course of the task. Report of this panel will be well utilised and its recommendations will be fully implemented in the appointment of the 9th Vice Chancellor of LASU.”
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, said the panel was constituted in accordance with the provisions of Section 23 of the Lagos State University Law, Chapter L 69, Volume 7, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The State government has been innundated with barrage of complaints over the non-qualification of shortlisted candidates for the post of LASU VC following the expiration of the tenure of Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun last year.