Ambode Appoints Prof. Fagbohun LASU Vice Chancellor
ASUU Pledge Full Support for the new VC
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday January 6, 2016 approved the appointment of Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun as the 8th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU).
The appointment of Professor Fagbohun, who was the Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos, was contained in a statement signed by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Steve Ayorinde, following the expiration of the tenure of Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa as the 7th substantive Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University on 31st October, 2015, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Fidelis Olisamedua Njokanma assumed the position of Acting Vice-Chancellor.
Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, a Professor of Environmental Law was born on 19th October, 1966 and hails from Akesan in the Alimosho Local Government area of Lagos State. He joined the Faculty of Law of the Lagos State University (LASU) as an Assistant Lecturer in January 1991 and rose through the ranks and by the year 2004, he was appointed Associate Professor.
He studied Law at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). And obtained his Master’s of Law Degree at the University of Lagos and attended the Obafemi Awolowo University for his doctoral degree programme.
At different times, he served as a member of Senate of the Lagos State University; Head of Department of Business Law and later Department of Private and Property Law; Coordinator, Law Centre; Coordinator of the Department of Environmental Law and Allied Disciplines of the Centre for Environment and Science Education of the Lagos State University, and was, for several years, the Editor-in-Chief of the LASU Law Journal.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lagos State University (LASU) chapter, said it would give the new Vice-Chancellor full support, provided he followed the rule of law.
According to the Dr. Adekunle Idris, Chairman, ASUU-LASU “we acknowledge the governing council for a job well done and the governor for picking the candidate on merit. The new VC will enjoy a 110 per cent support as long as he adheres to the rules and regulations enshrined in the university’s constitution,” he said.
He also urged the VC to always do the right thing and be people oriented, praying that God gives him a discerning spirit to run the institution well. Adding that the union would also ensure that its members do the right thing at all times.
“We would also ensure that some of our members, who are falling out of line, fall in line and perform their duties effectively. This would include teaching at the right time, conducting examination and uploading results when due,” he said.
Prof. Kabir Akinyemi, Dean, Students Affairs, LASU advised the new VC to be calm and to ensure that appropriate rules and regulations are followed.
Adding that the VC must be upright and separate the truth from chaff, while making sure that every party adhered to the laid down procedures of the university.
Mr. Adebanjo Fatai, Lagos State University Students Union (LASUSU), Public Relation Officer, said the union had trust in the VC to take LASU to the Promised Land. Urged the VC to ensure that LASU was free of crisis and strike throughout his tenure, as the image of the institution had been dented due to incessant crises.
He also urged the VC to create an avenue for smooth relationship between the students, staff and management of the institution.
Fagbohun is a member of several academic and professional bodies, and a fellow of a number of national and international institutions.