By Opeyemi Babalola
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello as the 9th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU).
This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso and made available to University Times International (UTI) Thursday. The professor of Physiology and former acting vice-chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, “was appointed following recommendation by the Joint Committee of Council and Senate of LASU in accordance with the LASU Law, Cap 169 Vol 7, Laws of Lagos State.” The statement read further: “She assumed duty as the First Professor of Physiology in LASU College of Medicine on the 2nd of October 2007 after rising through the ranks from Assistant Lecturer (1988 to 1991) to Associate Professor in 2005 at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba.
“In 2012, Mrs. Olatunji-Bello attended Course 34 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, the highest policy advisory body of the Federal Government, as a nominee of the National Universities Commission.
“A member of the National Institute (mni), Mrs. Olatunji-Bello holds a Fellowship Award of the Physiological Society of Nigeria and was also appointed a Fellow of the Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation in the year 2019.”
The newly appointed VC, who doubles as wife of the Lagos State Commissioner for environment and water resources, Olatunji Bello, was among the three professors recommended for the position by the Governing Council of the Institution to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“Prof. Olatunji-Bello as well as two other candidates, Professor Omotayo R. Awofolu and Professor Senapon Bakare, were recommended for the position in order of ranking respectively, ” the statement read.
“The process of selecting a substantive Vice-Chancellor for LASU commenced with advertisements for the vacant position in three National dailies on Friday, July 30th and Friday 13th August, 2021 respectively.
“The tenure of the 8th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, lapsed on January 11, 2021.”
The 9th vice chancellor of LASU will resume office in the first week of October for a single five – year tenure.