Lagos to establish two more universities

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor

Lagos State government is planning to establish two additional universities of technology and education, the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has revealed.

According to the governor, the plans to get this done, are already in top gear, promising adequate and continuous funding for state-owned tertiary institutions in the state.

The governor spoke on Tuesday while receiving members of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) led by its chairman, Professor Samuel Edoumiekumo, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

The governor also said he would not interfere with the ongoing selection process of a substantive Vice Chancellor of the state-owned Lagos State University (LASU).

The Governor said he does not have personal interest in who becomes the next Vice Chancellor of LASU and therefore has no intention to influence the process, adding that due process would be followed in the appointment.

“The process for the appointment of the substantive Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU) is ongoing and I can assure you that all the laws and due process that would lead to the appointment of the vice chancellor would be fully adhered to.

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“I have no intention to interfere or have any interest in the choice of who would be vice chancellor. 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 said.

The Governor also promised to assist the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities to get back the title documents of its property situated at Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island in Lagos, saying the property would be released to the Committee at no cost.

He said Lagos State Government will support the Committee on its forthcoming 60th anniversary celebration holding next year.

Speaking earlier, Edoumiekumo commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for rising to the occasion when COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the state and for delivering dividends of democracy to the people of Lagos State in different sectors.

He said the ongoing metro rail system and the proposed 38 kilometres long Fourth Mainland bridge project, which according to him, is one of the single most significant infrastructure projects undertaken by a state government in Nigeria, are testimonies of a thoroughly focused government.

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The Chairman of CVCNU said Governor Sanwo-Olu’s support as the Visitor to the Lagos State University is commendable and called for the Lagos State Government’s support for the forthcoming 60th anniversary of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

“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.

Edoumiekumo said the CVCNU was desirous of working with key stakeholders to improve the Nigerian University system and therefore seek for mutually rewarded partnership with Lagos State Government and the people in that regard.

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