The Lagos State House of Assembly has said it would invite the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Tolani Akibu, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, the Senate of the tertiary institution and other top staff over allegations of extortion and certificate racketeering levelled against the school by a media outlet recently.
At a Plenary monitored by our Correspondent on Tuesday, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, told the lawmakers that the source of the story could be suspicious and not trustworthy.
The Speaker however agreed with his colleagues that the concerned officials of the institution be invited so that facts about the allegation could be unearthed for the sake of the reputation of the school.
“I agree that the committee should invite those to be invited to establish facts about the allegation, but we must not because of that destroy our institution’s reputation,” Dr. Obasa, an alumnus of the institution, said adding that if anyone is found wanting, such a person should be sanctioned.
Moving the motion under ‘Matter of Urgent Public Importance’, Hon. Owolabi Ajani who corroborated the need to invite the Commissioner, the VC and others noted that LASU had maintained a high level of integrity over the years.
On his part, Member representing Ajeromi/Ifelodun Constituency I, Hon. Sa’ad Olumoh said that the investigation should involve people in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) unit of the institution.
In their remarks, Member representing Surulere Constituency I, Hon. Desmond Elliot and his colleague, and his counterpart representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II, Ladi Ajomale, who said they attended LASU, supported that the allegation be investigated.