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LASU Feels Sanwo-Olu’s Big Stick: Council Dissolved, Registrar Suspended

Lagos State University (LASU)

BEVERLY HILLS, May 21, (THEWILL) – The Governing Council of the Lagos State University has been dissolved with immediate effect.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the dissolution on Friday in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.

The Governor said the dissolution of the Governing Council of the university was based on the report of a visitation panel constituted to review the immediate and remote causes of the impasse in the selection of the 9th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the varsity.

The statement titled, “Sanwo-Olu Dissolves LASU Governing Council,” partly read: “The Governor of Lagos State and the Visitor to the Lagos State University, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, after consideration of the report of the Special Visitation Panel on the appointment of the 9th Vice-Chancellor and by the powers conferred on him by the Lagos State University Law, Cap L69 volume 7, Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (as amended), hereby adopts the recommendations and directs as follows:

“The immediate dissolution of and the removal of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council for flagrant violations of the extant laws and regulations of the University guiding the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor.

“Cancellation of the second failed exercise to appoint the 9th Substantive Vice-Chancellor as a result of the flagrant contravention of extant laws, breach of due process, failure and total disregard to follow its own laid down criteria guiding the process for the appointment of a 9th Vice-Chancellor as publicly advertised.

“In due course, a new Governing Council for the Lagos State University will be constituted. The reconstituted Council shall conduct a new process for the appointment of the 9th Vice-Chancellor.

“Members of the Joint Council and the Senate Committee who participated in the two failed exercises of 2020 and 2021 to appoint a 9th Vice-Chancellor are exempted from further participation in the new exercise for the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor. The Acting Vice-Chancellor and Management of the University are hereby directed to elect new council members from the Senate.

“The Registrar, and Secretary to Council, is to proceed on leave with immediate effect till the end of the process for the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor, having failed to advise the Joint Council and Senate Committee against taking wrong decisions, which were against the provision of the law during the two failed exercises of 2020 and 2021.

“An Acting Registrar will superintend over the new exercise. The Acting Vice-Chancellor is to forward to the Governor/Visitor through the Surrogate Council (Special Adviser on Education) the list of all the Deputy Registrars of Lagos State University for the purpose of appointing an Acting Registrar for the University.”

The Senate of the University had appointed Oyedamola Oke as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

Oke succeeds Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, whose five-year tenure ended on January 11, 2021.

Following the expiration of the tenure of Fagbohun, two different processes to select a substantive Vice-Chancellor for the institution ended unsuccessfully as controversies trailed the qualification of the candidates in both selection processes, thus, resulting in the cancellation of both processes.