The National Universities Commission (NUC) today, gave Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, clearance certificates of operation for the two newly approved State-owned universities, Lagos State University of Education (LASUED), Ijanikin, and Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUST), Ikorodu, 39 years after the first State-owned University, Lagos State University, was established.
At the official recognition and collection of certificates for the two new Lagos universities held at the Commission headquarters in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, the certificates were presented to Governor Sanwo-Olu by the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed.
Lagos State University of Education is now the 56th State University and 204th University in Nigeria, as well as the second University of Education in Nigeria, thanks to NUC’s Clearance Certificates of Operation, while Lagos State University of Science and Technology is the 57th State University and 205th University in Nigeria.
The two universities would be added to the current Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, which was founded in 1982 by the first Civilian Governor of Lagos, late Alhaji Lateef Jakande. There are now three state-owned universities in Lagos State.
Governor Sanwo-Olu last week signed bills transferring Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, to the University of Science and Technology, as well as Adeniran Ogunsanya Colleges of Education, Ijanikin, and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe, to the Lagos State University of Education.
“It is about the future of our citizens. It is about the future of our youths, who truly believe in us to do the right thing. It is about our commitment to taking tertiary education to a level that all of us would be proud of. It is all around ensuring that we give hope and opportunity to our teeming youths that believe in us to do the right thing.
“We are giving a commitment that what we have done in LASU, we will also replicate it in the two universities. We will ensure that the two great children that we are giving birth to today are not left alone. All of the various development infrastructure; human and materials that are required to make the universities one of the best in the country, Lagos State would make those resources available for them.
“We say this with every sense of responsibility, knowing fully-well what we are doing in LASU, the level of infrastructure we are putting into erstwhile polytechnic and colleges of education, we would double up those efforts at ensuring that they can turn into great citadels of higher learning and universities that would be reference points in the years ahead.”
Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the NUC’s Executive Secretary, earlier offered the commission’s full support for the two institutions and asked the Lagos State Government to take full advantage of the commission’s professional and technical advice for the construction and management of their universities.