New LASU VC, Olatunji-Bello To Resume September 22

Following her appointment as the ninth substantive vice-chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello is expected to assume duty on Wednesday, September 22.

The date coincides with the end of the one-month extension of tenure granted Acting Vice-chancellor Oyedamola Oke on August 21.

Oke, who was before his current position a deputy vice-chancellor in charge of administration, was elected acting VC by the university’s Senate on January 11.

He filled the vacuum created by the exit of the university’s eighth substantive vice-chancellor, Olanrewaju Fagbohun, whose tenure expired.

The Senate took that decision after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu canceled the almost concluded selection process for the appointment of Fagbohun’s successor, about a week before his exit.

The Senate election, supervised by the provost of the university’s college of medicine, Abiodun Adewuya, produced Oke as acting VC. He polled 61 votes while his colleague and deputy vice-chancellor (Academic), Wahab Ellias, got 51 votes.

Announcing the cancellation of the first selection process, Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Governor Sanwo-Olu, had indicated that a new process would be concluded within 45 days.

However, following a series of controversies that trailed the processes which led to the cancellation of the second selection process and the dissolution of the governing council, Oke had to continue in office.

But when a new governing council led by David Sunmoni, a former auditor-general of the state, was inaugurated, a monthly 30-day extension of tenure for the acting vice-chancellor was introduced.

“The system was adopted simply to limit the power of the acting vice-chancellor pending the conclusion of the fresh selection process.

“It was also aimed at reducing the waiting period for the substantive vice-chancellor whenever he or she is appointed,” a source, who does not want to be named, told PREMIUM TIMES.

The source added that since the last tenure extension was granted on August 21 to take effect on August 22, Oke is expected to vacate office on September 22. The new vice-chancellor is expected to assume duty on that date.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello, a professor of Physiology, once served as acting vice-chancellor and deputy vice-chancellor at the institution.

The new vice-chancellor emerged victorious after vying for the position three times. She contested against her predecessor, Fagbohun, in 2016.

She also took part in the selection process that produced Prof. Fagbohun’s predecessor, Oladapo Obafunwa, a pathologist, in 2011.

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