Governor of Lagos State, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, disbanded Lagos State University (LASU) Governing Council and ordered a new selection procedure for the ninth Vice Chancellor (VC) of the institution.
Acting on the advice of the special visitation panel on the appointment of the VC, Sanwo-Olu ordered the dissolution of the Council and the expulsion of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council for flagrant breaches of the laws and regulations governing the appointment of a VC.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also cancelled the second selection exercise, according to Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, for violating existing rules, failing to obey due process, and failing to follow its own laid down requirements for VC appointment.
“In due course, a new Governing Council for LASU will be established, and a new process for the selection of the ninth VC will be conducted,” he added.
Members of the Joint Council and Senate Committee who took part in the two unsuccessful exercises in 2020 and 2021 are not allowed to take part in the current one. The Acting Vice Chancellor and the university administration are hereby guided to elect new council members from the Senate.
“After failing to warn the Joint Council and Senate Committee against taking decisions that were against the law during the two failed exercises, the Registrar and Secretary to Council is to go on leave immediately before the process is completed. The latest exercise will be overseen by an Acting Registrar.
“The Acting Vice-Chancellor is to send a list of all Deputy Registrars to the Governor/Visitor through the Surrogate Council (Special Adviser on Education) in order to name an Acting Registrar for the university.
“Following the Special Visitation Panel’s recommendation, the Governor/Visitor shall immediately establish a full Visitation Panel.”