The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), led by the Vice Chancellor of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Bayelsa State, Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo, on Tuesday, September 7, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at Lagos House, Ikeja.
Recieving the delegation, the governor declared that he has no preferred choice or candidate for the vacant position of the 9th substantive Vice-Chancellorat of the Lagos State University (LASU) and said he will not interfere in the process.
The governor assured that he does not have a personal interest in who becomes the next VC of LASU and that he has no intention of influencing the process, adding that due process would be followed in the appointment of the VC of the state-owned institution.
Sanwo-Olu stated: “The process for the appointment of the substantive VC of LASU is ongoing and I can assure you that all the laws and due process that would lead to the appointment of the VC would be fully adhered to.
“I have no intention to interfere or have any interest in the choice of who would be VC. We have put in the committee, men and women of impeccable character that have distinguished themselves and are willing to do for us a good job”.
He also promised to put in adequate and continuous funding for the state-owned tertiary institutions and hinted that plans are in top gear to establish two additional universities of technology and education in the state.
While pledging his administration’s commitment on adequate and continuous funding of tertiary institutions in the state,
the governor also said his administration was poised to support the committee on its forthcoming 60th anniversary celebration, and for the association to get back the title document of its property which was lost.
Earlier in his remarks, CVCNU chairman, Prof. Edoumiekumo, commended the governor for rising to the occasion in the war against the rampaging coronavirus pandemic, adding that the ongoing metro rail system and the proposed 38-kilometre fourth mainland bridge project, are testimonies of a thoroughly-focused government.
“As Nigeria’s economic and social powerhouse, Lagos is arguably a mini-Nigeria and leader in its federation of states. Lagos sets the agenda and leads other states to emulate in economic development, innovation, good governance, and education,” he said.
Prof. Edoumiekumo said the committee is desirous of working with key stakeholders to improve the nation’s university system as he called for a mutually rewarding partnership with both the people and the government of the state.