UPDATED: LASU appoints Prof. Oke acting VC

UPDATED: LASU appoints Prof. Oke acting VC

By Damola Kola-Dare

The Senate of Lagos State University (LASU), on Monday, appointed Prof. Damola Oke the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, of the institution as acting Vice-Chancellor.

The Nation gathered that 113 professors attended the emergency Senate meeting where Oke polled 61 votes to defeat Prof. Wahab Elias, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, who got 51 votes.

Oke, a Professor of Plant Pathology and former Dean, Faculty of Science, joined LASU as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Botany in 1984 and became a Professor in 2004.

The Visitor Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Friday cancelled the selection process of a substantive VC embarked upon by the Council/Senate Selection Committee.

The committee had recommended Professors Olumuyiwa Odusanya, Sena Bakre and Kabir Akinyemi to the governor, but he discarded that due to petitions condemning the selection process.

The Visitor thereafter mandated Fagbohun to convene an emergency senate meeting to appoint one of the deputy vice-chancellors as acting vice-chancellor.

Meanwhile, the eighth substantive VC, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, SAN, has handed over to Oke.

The handing over ceremony took place at the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Senate Building.

Fagbohun later inspected a guard of honour mounted for him alongside Oke by the security team of the university.

While addressing the security personnel and workers in the VC’s Office, Fagbohun thanked them for their unflinching support during his five-year tenure and solicited the same for the newly-appointed acting VC.

He was later treated to a warm reception at the Faculty of Law, where he lectured for many years.

Acting VC, Prof. Oke lauded the erstwhile VC for doing very well during his tenure, adding that his successor would have to work hard to surpass his achievements.

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