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Lagos State University (LASU) has named Prof. Oyedamola Oke, as its acting Vice Chancellor.
Until the latest appointment, Oke was the incumbent Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration.
His appointment was ratified Monday by the university’s Governing Council, led by the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Council, Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo, following his nomination by the University Senate during its emergency meeting Monday morning.
He takes over from Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the eighth substantive Vice-Chancellor, whose five-year single tenure expired Monday, January 11, 2021.
Oke’s appointment in acting capacity followed the cancellation of the entire selection process for the appointment of the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor for the university by the Governor of Lagos State and Visitor to the university, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The governor, while announcing the cancellation of the selection process on Friday, however, directed the university’s Senate to convene and nominated an acting Vice-Chancellor to take over from the outgoing one.
The governor made the decision following petitions arising from the selection process of the institution’s ninth substantive VC.
Sanwo-Olu also directed that a fresh process that would terminate in 45 days should commence immediately.
Sanwo-Olu added that the DVC must not be a candidate in the new selection process.
The governor further directed that the senate should select among its members, a pro tem chairman to superintend the meeting and conduct the election of an acting vice-chancellor.
LASU chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was one of the groups withing the institution that have expressed lack of confidence in the initial selection process.
Those who kicked against the former process alleged that the selection committee did not abide by the conditions stipulated in the advertisement for the position of Vice-Chancellor, as candidates who did not meet some of the clearly stated criteria (i.e, possessing 10 years post-professorial experience and having supervised PhD theses), scaled the shortlisting stage and even made it to the three (3) person list reportedly submitted to the Governor.