The Lagos State House of Assembly has ordered its Committee on Tertiary Education, headed by Hon. Ajani Owolabi to investigate the cause of the delay in selecting a new Vice Chancellor for Lagos State University (LASU) and report back to the House in a week.
The matter was raised as Urgent Matter of Public Importance by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade during plenary.
According to Agunbiade, LASU is currently having an acting Vice Chancellor as a new VC is yet to be selected for the institution.
The Majority Leader stated that a committee was raised towards the end of the tenure of the last VC of the institution, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, but that the committee was dissolved because one of the three shortlisted candidates did not have PhD.
He said that, when another committee was raised, they did an advertisement and said that someone with a fellowship from an institution could apply for the office.
According to him, nine persons were shortlisted, saying the second process has also been put on hold.
“Now, LASU does not have a VC or Governing Board. LASU has dropped from number two in the country to number five. Something must be done urgently about the selection of a new VC for the university.
“The House Committee on Education should be asked to commence investigation into the issues in LASU and come up with recommendations.
“The Lagos State Governor should also see into the issues surrounding the selection of a Vice Chancellor for the institution,” he said.
Commenting on the development, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon
Mudashiru Obasa said that the process of handing over from one administration to another has always been a problem in the institution.
“We eulogised LASU over its feats recently only for the issue of succession to draw the institution back.
“They have regulations on how a VC should be selected. They did a test for the people shortlisted for the office and their marks were very close to one another.
“They should have selected one of the shortlisted candidates. But I believe that there is more to what is happening in the institution despite what we can see,” he said.
The Speaker then ordered the House Committee on Education (Tertiary) to investigate the matter and report back to the House in a week.