A right activist and pro-democracy fighter, Comrade Omolola Olukayode, has given Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu a pat on the back for his prompt intervention in the crisis rocking the state owned Lagos State University, LASU, over selection of another Vice Chancellor.
Omolola Olukayode, who is the convener, Nigeria Peace Advocacy Group, NPAG, in a chat with newsmen in Lagos at the weekend, said the governor deserves commendation for the way he halted the process of selecting another Vice Chancellor to succeed the outgoing one, Professor Olanrewaju Fagboun.
He said, “When the process was suspected to be brewing disharmony in that citadel of learning, the governor waded in, in his capacity as the Visitor to the institution to stop it to avert major crisis that could hinder the smooth running of the school.”
Viewing the governor’s stepping in to restore normalcy as the right step in the right direction, the youthful activist said, “Mr. Sanwo-Olu, in his characteristic manner, as a responsive and responsible administrator has demonstrated once again his ability and capacity to handle the affairs of the state effectively.”
He further commended Sanwo-Olu for being all ears and all eyes about the affairs of the state.
Olukayode was of the conviction that since education is the bedrock of development, through trained manpower and human resources, a serious administrator like Sanwo-Olu could not feel unconcerned about any issue capable of tampering negatively with such an important sector, saying, “Sanwo-Olu has practicalized the axiom that, a stich in time saves nine,” pointing out that his action on the matter should be hailed by all well-meaning residents of the state.
The excited activist expressed optimism that the outcome of the new process would yield positive result, since it is under the indirect supervision of the governor, who is known for perfection; admitting that any higher institution in a state reputed to be a Centre of Excellence is expected to be administered in the best way that must conform with the global standard.
Urging those saddled with the important responsibility of getting a competent Vice Chancellor not to disappoint the governor, who reposes confidence in them, by doing an excellent job, reminding that all eyes of the world are on them as ambassadors of hope.
Olukayode therefore urged members of the public to keep calm and cooperate with the governor towards seeing the process of selecting a substantive Vice Chancellor for the state owned university, expressing the confidence that the outcome would be satisfactory and acceptable to all stakeholders.
Concluding, the NPAG boss also enjoined LASU community to accept the outcome of the new process, by cooperating with any candidate that emerges eventually, asserting that “it is through that the campus atmosphere would be conducive for what it was established for.”