A group, Concerned Stakeholders of the Lagos State University, Ojo, has faulted the decision of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun, to embrace the conduct of electronic voting for the selection committee for the next VC.
This was contained in a letter written to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, titled, ‘The need for transparency in constituting the selection committee for the next Vice-Chancellor’ and signed by one of the concerned members, Bayo Komolafe.
The letter read in part, “We are aware of plans by the Vice-Chancellor to hurriedly convene an online meeting of Senate for September 24, 2020 for the purpose of (s) electing the representatives through a hurriedly staged process to impose some pre-selected members.
“We are reliably informed that notice of Senate meeting has been sent out, but as usual in critical matters as this, without the agenda accompanying it.”
He said it was questionable that Fagbohun wanted the election process of the Senate to be done virtually when the school claimed it was ready to reopen and had been so certified by government.
“This established traditional process gives prospective candidates the opportunity to convince Senators that they have integrity, understand the enormity of the burden of trust upon their shoulders, and can discharge this important duty without fear or favour,” Komolafe added in the letter.
He urged Sanwo-Olu to ask the Vice-Chancellor to commence the process that would lead to the emergence of aspirants for membership of the selection committee and to be elected on the floor of a physical Senate meeting.
Komolafe stated that such exercise should be conducted in one of the spacious halls of the university in order to comply with COVID-19 management protocols.
However, Coordinator, Centre for Information Press and Public Relations, LASU, Ademola Adekoya, described the Komolafe as faceless with no record in the school.
“The person who wrote the letter is a faceless person. E-voting is the best; it’ll help us obey the NCDC guidelines. There’s no way the VC can manipulate the voting process. He has no anointed candidate. So, he has no reason and power to manipulate.”