The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said he would not interfere in the appointment process of the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the state-owned Lagos State University (LASU).
The Governor said he is not interested in who becomes LASU’s next Vice-Chancellor, maintaining that due process would be followed in the appointment.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said this while receiving members of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) who paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Tuesday.
“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 VC 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 committeemen and women of impeccable character that have distinguished themselves and are willing to do for us a good job,” he told the visitors led by CVCNU chairman, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo.
The governor who promised adequate and continuous funding for state-owned tertiary institutions in Lagos State, said plans were in top gear to establish two more universities of technology and education in the State.
He 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, saying the property would be released to the Committee at no cost.
According to him, the Lagos State Government will support the Committee on its forthcoming 60th anniversary celebration next year.
Speaking earlier, Prof. Edoumiekumo commended Governor Sanwo-Olu 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 added.
Prof. Edoumiekumo said the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities is desirous of working with key stakeholders to improve the country’s university system and therefore seeks for mutually rewarding partnership with Lagos State Government and the people in that regard.