By G9ija

Following the exit of Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun after his five-year tenure, the Lagos State University (LASU), yesterday, confirmed the appointment of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Damola Oke as Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution.

In a statement issued by the Coordinator, Centre for Information Press and Public Relations, Ademola Adekoya, the institution said 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 professor in 2004.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Friday cancelled the selection process for the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor over allegations that guidelines were not followed.

Besides, the institution explained that new students would pay the new fee of N67, 048, while the old students would continue to pay N25,000.

Management of the institution attributed the fee increase to economic recession, insisting that it would require Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to sustain the university.

But the students, who faulted the decision, demanded a reversal to the old fees within two weeks from Friday, January 8,2021.

In a statement, yesterday, the management said the new fees was not applicable to old students, but that candidates who were offered admission for the 2020/2021 session would pay the new fees.

“Candidates who are not able to pay have the option of considering other alternatives. All stakeholders, staff and students unions, and the state government were carried along before the implementation of the new fees.

“It is important that stakeholders are not swayed by emotions in the face of realities that compel the review of the fees,” the statement reads.

It said LASU remained one of the most affordable universities in the country, in spite of the steady and rapid development that had taken place in the last few years, which culminated in its emergence as the second best university in Nigeria.

“That explains the high patronage of the university in the ongoing admission exercise. These developments come at huge financial cost to the university and the state government,” it added.