Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, has inaugurated a six-member vsitation panel to look into issues relating to the delay in appointment of a substantive vice-chancellor for Lagos State University (LASU).
According NAN, the governor, who broke the news at the state house in Ikeja on Tuesday, said the panel would also look into other issues affecting the state-owned university.
The panel is headed by Bamitale Omole, pro-chancellor of Ekiti State University.
In his speech, Sanwo-Olu urged members of the panel to discharge their responsibilities with fairness, firmness and forthrightness to continue to ensure that LASU took its rightful place in the comity of universities.
“We have been hit by barrage of complaints and unimaginable issues coming out from it. And by the power that has being reposed in me as the Visitor, I need to step in to ensure that we put LASU on the proper footing again and ensure that it takes its rightful place in the comity of universities,” he said.
“This assignment will be very time driven. There is an advert that has gone out and which the general public are meant to respond to. This is so that we can resolve the current impasse that we have and we can appoint a substantive Vice Chancellor into our university.”
On his part, Omole thanked the governor for finding members of the panel worthy of the assignment.
The former VC of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) also promised to ensure that the assignment was done properly, promptly and efficiently.
“I want to assure you, on behalf of the distinguish members of this panel, that we are going to give the assignment our best, not only in examining the issues but also in charting a way forward, so that LASU will continue to own its own in the comity of respected and respectable universities in Nigeria,” he said.
“In carrying out this assignment, I want to assure you that we shall be fearless, forthright and indeed very objective.”
The institution had been engulfed in heated crisis over the appointment of its ninth substantive VC.
Sanwo-Olu had in January cancelled the initial selection process for the appointment of the institution’s VC over alleged irregularities.
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