By Lukman Olabiyi
Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered a fresh selection process for the ninth Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Lagos State University (LASU). Acting on recommendations of the Special Visitation Panel on the appointment of the VC, he ordered the immediate dissolution of the LASU Governing Council and removal of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council for flagrant violations of the extant laws and regulations guiding the appointment of a VC.
A statement yesterday by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said Governor Sanwo-Olu also cancelled the second selection exercise for contravention of extant laws, breach of due process, failure and total disregard for its own laid-down criteria guiding the appointment of VC.
He added: “In due course, a new Governing Council for LASU will be constituted and which shall conduct a new process for the appointment of the ninth VC. Members of the Joint Council and the Senate Committee, who participated in the two failed exercises of 2020 and 2021, are exempted from participating in the new exercise. The Acting VC and university management are hereby directed to elect new council members from the Senate.
“The Registrar and Secretary to Council is to proceed on leave immediately till the process is ended, having failed to advise the Joint Council and Senate Committee against taking decisions which were against the law during the two failed exercises. An Acting Registrar will superintend over the new exercise.