The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has signed the bills establishing two additional universities in the State.
With this, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe have been transmitted to Lagos State University of Education, LASUED, while Lagos State Polytechnic in Ikorodu, Isolo and Surulere campuses have now become the University of Science and Technology.
The Lagos State House of Assembly had passed the two bills on December 30, last year.
In a remark after signing the bills, Governor Sanwo-Olu, said he expedited action on the bills so that the new law can be taken to the National University Commission, NUC, for approval.
He said: “We are doing this very quickly because we need to take this law to the National Universities Commission (NUC), that will do their due diligence and we are believing they will give us a timely approval when all of us will go and receive the certificates for the establishment of the two universities.
“We believe that the transmission would be smooth. We believe that the process would be without any hindrance. We believe that we will do a good job at ensuring that what is best is the only thing that we do for Lagos. I feel so delighted and proud of all of us creating history today and I believe that indeed generations coming after us will remember this very bold, audacious decision that we have taken.
Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that the two institutions which were transmitted into universities had produced professionals, notable men and women in the society.
“I feel what we have done is a proper thing for the existing staff, both academic and non-academic and more importantly for the students today and the future students that would be coming in to be able to recreate their future and be in a position that we are turning out the leaders of tomorrow.” he said
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab said the establishment of the Lagos State University of Education and Lagos State University of Science and Technology, would solve issues relating to admission for Lagos State indigenes.
The ceremony, which took place at the Lagos House, Marina, was witnessed by the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, members of the Governing Councils and management staff of the tertiary institutions.