The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday inaugurated Olanrewaju Fagbohun as the Vice- Chancellor of the Lagos State University, LASU, charging him to rebuild confidence in the institution after its protracted crisis.
Mr. Ambode said at the inauguration in Lagos that Mr. Fagbohun would require the support and cooperation of all stakeholders, particularly staff and students, to ensure a peaceful atmosphere that would promote academic excellence.
“This appointment was made after a thorough screening and selection process by the Governing Council.
“Over the past few years, LASU has had a fair share of successes and challenges; as a result, there is a lot of work to be done to propel the university to a world class status.
“I urge that we all use today’s event as a rallying call for all to join hands to move LASU forward,” he said.
Mr. Ambode said his government was not just passionate about education, but also committed to raising the standards by providing the necessary infrastructure and delivering outstanding results.
“We are fully conscious of the unique position that LASU occupies, thus, the desire of all that the institution should refocus on intellectual engagement is very imperative,” he said.
The governor said he was optimistic that Mr. Fagbohun would show leadership and brace up to the developmental and academic challenges of the institution.
In his address, Mr. Fagbohun promised to restore peace to the institution, foster high level scholarship and consolidate on previous gains.
“LASU truly is a citadel of academic excellence that must be let out of its present bondage.
“I therefore invite all stakeholders in the LASU project to join hands with me in the task of putting it back on the front row of academic excellence where it rightly belongs,” Mr. Fagbohun said.