The newly appointed acting Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, Prof. Fidelis Njokanma has not stepped into his office at the Ojo campus of the institution, but operates from the institution’s College of Medicine at Ikeja. Njokanma presided over his first Senate meeting last Wednesday at LASUCOM amid tight security.
According to reports, the acting VC was scared of the charms surrounding the Administrative Block and the Senate Building of the institution. The Admin Block houses, the office of the VC, as well as those of other principal officers of the institution.
The Lagos State Government through the university’s Governing Council led by Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo, appointed Njokanma, who hitherto was the Deputy VC, Academic, as the acting VC on November 7. He took over the reins of office from the immediate past VC, Prof. John Obafunwa.
The desecration of the Admin Block and the Senate Building with charms reportedly took place on March 16, 2015, at the height of the dispute between Obafunwa and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, among other unions in the institution.
Obafunwa, who the union members accused of maladministration, also did not use the building in the last six months leading to the end of his tenure. His first four years as the VC of the university ended on October 31.
Other principal officers of the institution also shunned their offices in the building.