Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on members of the Governing Councils of tertiary institutions in the state to work assiduously to reposition the institutions as foremost citadels of learning.
Ambode made this call on Tuesday while inaugurating the Governing Councils of the Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Micheal Otedola College of Primary Education and the Lagos State College of Health Technology.
The governor, at the inauguration, said his administration’s belief that tertiary institutions were critical to achieving economic prosperity, prompted the careful selection of diverse professionals from the academia, public and private sectors with proven track record and sterling antecedents, to manage the affairs of the state institutions.
Those inaugurated were Justice George Oguntade, a retired judge of the Supreme Court as Chancellor of LASU; Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Lagos as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of LASU; and Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi, a Professor of History at the University of Lagos as Chairman, Governing Council of LASPOTECH.
Others are Alhaja Sekinat Yussuf as Chairman, Governing Council of MOCPED; Prof. Tunde Samuel as Chairman, Governing Council of AOCOED and Mrs Tilley Giyado as Chairman, College of Health Technology.
Ambode added, “With this group of sagacious minds, there is no disputing the resolve of the state government to consciously build a new foundation for our tertiary institutions.
“The quality of leadership of the Governing Councils inspires confidence that the potential of the institutions and their ability to rise up to the challenge of development will be unleashed.”
He said the multifaceted problems and challenges plaguing tertiary institutions in the state could only be solved by taking concrete steps with the right people driving the process.
The governor urged members of the Councils to see their appointment as a challenge and a call to duty to bring back the lost glory of the tertiary institutions in the state by instilling discipline, integrity, accountability and responsibility in their affairs.