On Wednesday, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed bills to build two more institutions in the state.
In the Lagos House, Marina, Sanwo-Olu signed the law establishing the Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) and the Lagos State University of Science and Technology.
The legislation proposes for the Lagos State Polytechnic’s Ikorodu, Isolo, and Surulere campuses to be promoted to the University of Science and Technology.
As a result of the bill, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education in Ijanikin and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education in Epe would be renamed Lagos State University of Education.
In addition to the current Lagos State University (LASU), which was formed in 1982 by the state’s first executive governor, the late Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the governor stated at the signing ceremony that Lagos residents now had two more universities to pick from.
He said the bill would be sent to the National Universities Commission (NUC) for review by the state administration.
According to him, the government is expecting for a rapid answer from NUC because the diplomas are required 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.
”The two institutions that have now been transmitted into universities are institutions that have produced professionals, students, lecturers among other notable men and women in our society,” he said.
According to Sanwo-Olu, the government’s measures were suitable for current and potential employees, both academic and non-academic, as well as current and prospective students.
The foundation of LASUED and the Lagos State University of Science and Technology, according to Mr Tokunbo Wahab, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, will address admission difficulties for Lagos State residents.
Wahab thanked Gov. Sanwo-Olu for agreeing to the establishment of the two new institutions, as well as Speaker Mudashiru Obasa of the Lagos State House of Assembly for believing in the process.