Some aggrieved workers of the Lagos State University (LASU) under the platform of ‘Concerned Staff of LASU’ have kicked against the recommendation made by the institution’s Vice Chancellor Selection Committee.
The group in its petition to the Lagos state Governor, who is also the visitor to the university, urged him to reject the recommendation.
In the petition, the group alleged that the joint council and senate selection committee acted in flagrant violation to the advertisement for the position of Vice Chancellor by shortlisting Professors Olumuyiwa Odusanya, Kabir Akinyemi and Senapon Bakre.
It further passed a vote of absolute confidence on one of the candidates, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello as the next Vice Chancellor of the institution according to the petition signed by Olalekan Akinloye and Olatunji Alonge which read in parts.
“We are constrained to react to the recommendation which listed Professor Olumuyiwa Odusanya as number one, and deliberately excluded Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello from first to third. We believe that there is a grand, elaborate plan hatched by the Chairman of Council and the outgoing Vice Chancellor to scheme Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello out of the race on the pretext that she didn’t make the top three,”
“Among all the shortlisted candidates, Professor Ibiyemi-Bello is the only one who is eminently qualified for the office of the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, having ticked all the boxes as specified in the requirements advertised for the position. She has a PhD in Physiology, and possesses well above the required ten years’ experience as a Professor. The weak effort to question her heritage as a Lagosian appears to stem from the realization in some quarters that she is the only one on the shortlist whose credentials meet ALL the stipulated requirements.
“Professor Ibiyemi-Bello in her brief stint as Acting Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University demonstrated in little time that she is an institution builder, a good motivator of the workforce, and a leader who possesses in-depth understanding of a dynamic work environment. This is why she enjoys wide acceptability across all layers of the University. If she gets the nod of the Visitor, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, to steer the ship of the University, Lagosians and other stakeholders in the University can rest assure that the institution is in for an extended period of peace and phenomenal progress.
“Although the provisions of the Lagos State University Law 2004 provides that “The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed from the proposal of at least three names of candidates nominated for the post of Vice-Chancellor to the Visitor by a Joint Committee of Council and the Senate”, the Visitor is not bound to accept any of the names, as he can choose among the five candidates he believes can bring peace and progress to Lagos State University. Contrary to flying insinuations from certain vested interests, the Law does not limit the list of those recommended to three.
“Another point of note is that the Visitor needs to consider the appointment of the 9th Vice-Chancellor on the grounds of morals, equity and justice. If Odusanya is picked, it will mean that the Epe Division will have 3 Principal Officers in the VC, Registrar and Bursar. It is also not lost on us that by providence that the current SAE is from Epe.
“As for Akinyemi, it will mean that Ikorodu will have the VC, DVC (Academic) and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council. This will run against the principles of natural justice, equity and fairness, knowing that the State is made up of 5 Divisions.
“The fair option is for the Governor to pick Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello who is from the Lagos Division or outrightly reject the list in order to avoid a crisis from erupting in LASU. If the option of outright rejection is adopted, the Visitor should appoint a VC in an acting capacity, but not from among the current DVCs who are already partisan and part of an orchestrated agenda. The Visitor can then direct that the process of appointing the Vice-Chancellor be started afresh. The Chairman of Governing Council should be removed from the new process because he is not only corrupt, but heavily induced by the outgoing VC.
“This explains why the criteria for selection, which in many quarters are suspected to have been designed to favour his preferred candidates still had to be violated when it became obvious that there are still gaps in their qualifications.
“LASU is presently witnessing a peace of the graveyard. A lot of people have bottled up a lot of grievances against the outgoing administration. The decision of the Visitor in the choice of Vice Chancellor will determine whether the University can move from this facade of quietness to true peace, or erupt in crisis in the not too distant future.”