The appointment of a rector for the Lagos
State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) has
continued to generate controversy as the
three unions at the institution reject the
imposition of a rector.
The unions are the institution’s chapters of
the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic,
the Non-Academic Staff Union and the
Senior Staff Association of Nigeria
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the
tenure of the current provost, Mr
Abdulazeez Lawal, will expire on June 1.
NAN had earlier reported that the unions
had threatened to resist alleged plans by
the Lagos State Government to impose an
external administrator as the institution’s
The unions had insisted that such
appointment had been the case in the past
and was of no benefit to the institution.
It then, urged the state government not to
renege on an agreement it entered into
with the unions in 2011 with regards to the
process of appointing a rector.
NAN reports that interviews for the
appointment of a new rector had been
conducted and the reports already
submitted to the state government.
The latest controversy was from a
purported worker of the institution, one Mr
Adelaja Aderibigbe, who petitioned the state
government on the shortlisting of
candidates for the appointment.
Aderibigbe had in his petition, accused the
Special Adviser on Education to the State
Government, Mr Fatai Olukoga, a member
of the interview panel of manipulation.
The petitioner had alleged that Olukoga
connived with the rector, Lawal, to
fraudulently induce other members of the
interview panel to impose a rector on the
He also alleged that the planned imposition
was to cover the huge financial
mismanagement and recklessness of
Olukoga and Lawal.
Denouncing the petition, Lawal told NAN
that there was no truth in any of the
allegations being bandied in the petition.
Lawal said, “When there is a process
involving change in leadership, you must
expect this type of petition.
“I am existing in the polytechnic and I don’t
want to bother myself with such baseless
and false allegations.
“However, I don’t think we have such name
in the polytechnic; so, that petition is
baseless as it is malicious.
“If the petitioner wants to write a petition,
he or she should be courageous enough to
put his or her name there.”
Also reacting, Olukoga, told NAN that the
interview process was credible.
“There are 14 people that applied, and even
those who are state indigenes are my board
members at the Scholarship Board, yet I did
not fight that they employ anybody.