By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
The Lagos State government said plans are on track to establish two more universities of technology and education in the state.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this during the reception of members of the Nigerian Universities Vice-Chancellors Committee (CVCNU) headed by its President, Mr. Samuel Edoumiekumo, at Lagos House, Ikeja on Tuesday.
Recently, the Lagos State House of Assembly held two public hearings on bills to establish a university of education, as well as that of science and technology.
At the first hearing, participants discussed how to merge and transform Adeniran Ogunsayan College of Education, Ijanikin, and Micheal Otedola College of Education, Epe, into a University of Education.
The second hearing was recorded to modernize and transform Lagos State Polytechnic into a University of Science and Technology.
Speaking during yesterday’s courtesy visit, the governor said the promise of adequate and continued funding for state-owned higher education institutions in Lagos State remains irrevocable.
In addition, Mr Sanwo-Olu said he would not interfere with the ongoing selection process that would lead to the appointment of the titular vice-chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU).
According to him, “the process of appointing the Titular Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU) is ongoing and I can assure you that all the laws and due procedures that would lead to the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor would be be fully respected.
“I have no intention of intervening or having any interest in choosing who would be vice-chancellor. We put on the committee some irreproachable men and women who have stood out and are ready to do a good job for us.
The governor also pledged to help CVCNU recover title to its property located on Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island in Lagos, assuring that the property would be returned to the Committee at no cost.
For his part, Mr. Edoumiekumo praised the governor’s efforts and called on the Lagos State government to support the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.
“As Nigeria’s economic and social powerhouse, Lagos is arguably a mini-Nigeria and a leader in its federation of states. Lagos sets the agenda and leads other states to emulate economic development, innovation, good governance and education, ”he added.