Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has cancelled the ongoing process for the appointment of a substantive ninth Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), ordering a fresh process within 45 days.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu’s decision followed a thorough investigation and stakeholder’s engagement necessitated by various petitions against the selection process.
The governor, in his capacity as Visitor to the university, directed the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, to convene an emergency Senate meeting for the purpose of appointing one of the Deputy Vice Chancellors, who is not a candidate in the cancelled selection process, as Acting Vice Chancellor from Monday January 11, when his tenure expires.
Payment of school fees by newly admitted students should be suspended and portal for payment closed until a resolution is jointly reached by all parties and a directive is given by the union to newly admitted students to continue payment.”
The union, however, appealled to the public and students to shun any form of protest.
Also yesterday, Fagbohun announced the death of its first VC, Professor Folabi Olumide.
Olumide, a surgeon, was vice chancellor of the institution between 1983 and 1988.
As a mark of honour, respect and appreciation of his achievements, the university rechristened the LASU Health Centre as ‘Folabi Olumide Health Centre.’
Olumide died yesterday after a brief illness at the age of 81.
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.