By Gabriel Dike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Lagos State University (LASU) at the weekend commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for appointing Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello as the 9th substantive Vice Chancellor of the 38-year-old institution.
The union also applauded the Sir David Sunmoni-led Governing Council and the Senate for conducting a rancourous free selection exercise that produced Olatunji-Bello as the new VC.
In a statement signed by Secretary, ASUU-LASU, Dr. Tony Dansu and his Assistant, Dr. Adeolu Oyekan, the union lauded Sanwo-Olu, who is the Visitor to LASU for the courage demonstrated in addressing the anomalies of the previous selection processes.
The union said the protracted corrective procedures taken by the governor during the selection crisis are worth it.
“We urge the Visitor to take the reset process in the university to a logical conclusion by constituting the visitation panel he promised in May, as soon as possible.
“It is overdue statutorily and necessary under the circumstance. We believe that a credible visitation panel backed with prompt implementation of the recommendations will help the relatively new governing council and the new VC to reposition the university for a more effective delivery of its mandate,” ASUU-LASU stressed.
On the feat achieved by the council, ASUU said: “it is our hope that going forward, objectivity and due process, dispatched on forced sabbatical under the previous council and VC, will be accorded their rightful place in the governance of the university.”
ASUU-LASU felicitated with Prof. Olatunji-Bello on her appointment and wished her a successful tenure in office.
The union observed that after the charade of the last five years, characterized by high-handedness, victimization, disregard for due process, non-payment of earned allowances of members and meddlesomeness in union affairs, among other, LASU has the opportunity to follow a different path and write a new chapter of genuine peace and progress.
Said the union: “We wish the new vice chancellor success, as she begins to address the numerous challenges facing the university.”
Recalled the governing council recommended three professors on the order of merit, Prof. Olatunji-Bello,
Professor of Physiology and former LASU deputy VC, Prof. Omotayo Awofoju, Nambia University of Science and Technology and Prof. Senapon Bakre, from Faculty of Science and LASU deputy VC.