Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has appointed Acting Vice-Chancellors for the two newly established Universities – Lagos State University of Science and Technology, Ikorodu, and Lagos State University of Education, Ijanikin and Epe Campuses.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Barrister Tokunbo Wahab, said Prof. Bidemi Bilikis Lafiaji-Okunneye, a Professor of Health Education and current Provost of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education was named the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University of Education (LASUED), Ijanikin and Epe Campuses.
He stated further that Dr. Nurudeen Olaleye, a PhD holder in Microbiology and current Rector, Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) Ikorodu, will serve as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUST), Ikorodu. Wahab noted that Professor Lafiaji-Okuneye would be assisted by Dr. Nosiru Onibon as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor. an Associate Professor and current Provost of Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED) now University of Education, Epe. He explained further that Dr. Olumide Metilelu, Chief Lecturer, Hospitality Management Technology would serve as LASUST’s Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), while Dr. Gbemavo Kolawole Godonu, LASPOTECH’s current Deputy Rector (Administration) will serve as the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUST) respectively.
Stating that the two Acting Vice-Chancellors and other Management Heads would serve in acting capacity for a period of 90days, Wahab informed that the appointments will hold from 1st March to 29th May 2022, pending the selection of substantive Vice-Chancellors and Principal Officers of the Universities.
He averred that the appointments became necessary to ensure that there is no leadership vacuum in order to ensure peace and stability are maintained in the institutions during the transition period.
The Special Adviser said: “The appointments are also in compliance with Section 4, Subsection (1) (C) and Section 14 Subsection (1) (A) and (B) of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology Law 2021 and Section 8 Subsection (1) (C) and (D) of the Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) Law, 2021 respectively”.
“The appointments of Acting Vice-Chancellors and other Management Heads for our new Universities are not only in accordance with the laws establishing them, but they will also serve to provide academic and administrative leadership to the Universities, including representing them externally, both within and outside the State”, he stated.
While congratulating the new appointees, Wahab charged them to consider the appointments as a call to duty and urged them to deploy their experience and rich academic pedigree in putting the institutions on a good foundation.