Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) on Saturday expressed shock and disbelief at the sad news of the passing away of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe.
He describing the sudden death as a personal loss to him.
The University of Lagos Dean of Students’ Affairs, Professor Kayode Amund, said Sofoluwe, 62, who was in his second year of his five-year tenure, had a heart attack in his office, Friday night, and was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). He suffered another attack before he gave up the ghost early Saturday.
Fashola, in separate letters written to the VC’s widow, Dr (Mrs) Olufunmilayo Sofoluwe, and to the UNILAG’s Registrar, Mr Oluwarotimi Shodimu, said that he remembered the warm reception he was accorded at the university when he was invited to deliver the School of Post Graduate Studies Annual lecture in January this year.
The Governor described the late Prof. Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe as a brilliant scholar and versatile administrator.
He conveyed his sympathies on behalf of the Lagos State Government and people of Lagos State, saying that the calm and easy going manner Professor Shofoluwe chaired the proceeding that day showed him as an amiable gentleman, whose dedication to the University of Lagos was not in doubt.
‘’In the short time since January 2010 when he was appointed Vice Chancellor, I was privileged to have made his personal acquaintance on a number of occasions. I therefore know him to be a very jocular, affable and unassuming gentleman and I looked forward to our meetings from time to time,” Fashola stated.
He said from all accounts, Professor Shofoluwe’s open door policy, which made the Office of the Vice Chancellor more accessible than before, endeared him to the entire university community, adding that he was indeed renowned for regularly having his lunch at the University Staff Club, where he often engaged in discussions on how to realize his oft-quoted mission to transform UNILAG into one of the top 100 Universities in the world.
The Governor prayed that the good Lord will comfort and continue to uphold the widow and the family he has left behind.
“Whilst it is our prayer that God grant the departed’s soul sweet repose, we also pray that his successor will take up the gauntlet and carry on from where Professor Shofoluwe has so eloquently left off, so that his great plans and ambitions for his alma mater will not die with him,” Governor Fashola prayed.
University of Lagos issues statement:
The authorities of UNILAG have issued a statement announcing the death of the VIce Chancellor.
The statement reads:
“The entire university management deeply regrets to announce the sudden death of the Vice Chancellor at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, in the early hours of Saturday, 12th May 2012.
“The university community in particular staff and students are advised to pray along with the family for the repose of the soul. A condolence register has been opened at the Senate House for messages to the amiable accomplished scholar and astute administrator. Further announcement will follow in due course.”
BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the new Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).
The appointment was announced in a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education and signed by Omolase Yejide, Head Public Affairs on Monday.
Mr. Olaleye was earlier interviewed by the Institution’s Governing Council and subsequently recommended.
He is to serve five years single tenure will take effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.
Exemption Of ASUU From IPPIS Temporary — Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said that the Federal Government’s proposal to exempt members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is a temporary measure.
He explained on Saturday that this measure was pending the conclusion of the integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Ngige who clarified the position of the government team during Friday’s negotiation with ASUU said that it was not true that the government had abandoned IPPIS or that ASUU should not be on IPPIS.
“I think it is better because a lot of people are quoting us out of context saying that we abandoned the IPPIS and that we said they should not be on IPPIS, it is not true.
“What we said in the meeting and what we agreed was that in the interim for the transition period that UTAS is being tested by NITDA and the Office of National Security Adviser for cybersecurity. For those transition period, ASUU members that are not yet on IPPIS will be paid through the platform with which they were paid the President’s compassionate COVID-19 payment done to them between the months of February and June.
“That platform is a hybrid platform between IPPIS and MINPSI platform for the transition period. That was what was used, it’s a hybrid.”
Osun Assures Indigenes Of Job Security After LAUTECH Transfer
This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode.
The state government assured that there will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties.
“All workers of Osun extraction either in the College of Health Sciences and LAUTECH ceded to Osun or those in Ogbomoso are assured of job security. There will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties,” the statement partly read.
“The agreement states that indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagements, therefore the State Government of Osun wishes to inform citizens that there is no need to fret about the dissolution, as all workers of Osun extraction are assured of the security of their jobs.”
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