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Governor tasks panel on resolving LASU crisis, appointment of new VC

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, inaugurated a special visitation panel to look into issues relating to the appointment of VC and other issues in Lagos State University (LASU).

The panel was inaugurated following the controversy trailing the appointment of a substantive vice chancellor for the university. The panel, comprising former vice chancellors, seasoned administrator, technocrats and top public servant, is headed by the Pro-Chancellor of Ekiti State University and former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Bamitale Omole.

Sanwo-Olu urged members of the panel to discharge their responsibilities with fairness, firmness and forthrightness to continue to ensure that the university takes its rightful place in the comity of universities.

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He said: “I want to thank you because we know that you are donating your time and intellect for the state government to be able to put a lasting solution to the current situation that we found ourselves in the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor for Lagos State University (LASU).

“As enshrined in the laws setting up LASU, the procedures for the appointment of a vice chancellor are clearly stated there and as the Visitor, my responsibility is to ensure that fairness, firmness and forthrightness are emboldened in that process and become a process that is flawless.

“We have been hit by barrage of complaints and unimaginable issues. 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.

“This assignment will be time-driven.”
ALSO, at the inauguration of the Board of the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) and Lagos State Market Advisory Council, Sanwo-Olu noted that with the state fast becoming the business hub of Africa, the inauguration of the two boards comes at an auspicious time when all hands must be on deck to maximise the gains of a rapidly-growing economy in the state.

He tasked members of the board of LASCOPA to urgently educate Lagosians on their rights as consumers, what constitutes a violation of those rights and the steps they need for the board to seek redress on their behalf.

Omole thanked the governor for finding members of the panel worthy of the assignment, promising to ensure that the assignment is done properly, promptly and efficiently.

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