Lagos - Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos
State on Tuesday said his administration would reposition the state’s tertiary
institutions to become active global players.
Ambode spoke at the inauguration of the Governing Councils
of tertiary institutions in the state at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the
institutions include Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic
(LASPOTECH), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED).
Others are Michael Otedola College of Primary Education
(MOCPED), Epe, and Lagos State College of Health Technology.
Ambode said that the state government had resolved to
consciously build a new foundation for the tertiary institutions.
"Since the inception of this administration, it has been
inundated with the multi-faceted challenges plaguing tertiary institutions in
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"Lamentations has never and will not solve these problems.
"Taking the concrete steps with the right people driving
the process is the only way these seemingly gargantuan challenges can be
surmounted,’’ he said.
The governor described the appointments as a challenge and
call to duty.
According to him, it is part of the process of restoring the
lost glory of the institutions by instilling discipline, integrity,
accountability and responsibility.
Ambode urged the appointees to be focused in formulating
policies and programmes that would reposition the institutions to achieve their
mandates of providing quality teaching, research and community relevance and
He noted that their professional antecedents and records of
service to their respective organisations and the nation had placed them in
vantage positions to lead and reposition the institutions.
He said that the issue of labour relations and clearance of
all outstanding issues relating to staff, especially issues on conditions of
service must be of utmost importance to them.
Ambode said the state government was determined to develop
the education sector and would provide the appointees with requisite tools and
support needed to succeed in their tasks.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji
Bello, urged them to take the institutions to the next levels, saying that the
government expects the best from them.
Responding on behalf the appointees, Prof. Tajudeen
Gbadamosi, assured the governor that they would work hard to justify the
confidence reposed in them.
NAN also reports that retired Justice George Oguntade and
Prof. Bayo Ninalowo were appointed Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council
of LASU respectively.
Other are Alhaja Sekinat Yussuf for MOCPED, Prof. Tunde
Samuel for AOCOED, Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi for LASPOTECH and Mrs Abiola
Tilley- Gyado for Lagos State College of Health Technology.