The Management of the Lagos State University (LASU) has rendered non-effective the report that former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a staff of the school, Professor Peter Okebukola lied on his date of birth.
Report by Premium Times had earlier claimed that Okebukola used multiple dates of birth to ensure his long stay in the civil service.
Reacting contrary to the report, a statement issued by Ademola Adekoya, Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, LASU said the attention of the Lagos State University Management had been drawn to a publication released by Premium Times on Saturday 6th April, 2019 with respect to a former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and an academic member of staff of the University, Distinguished Professor Peter Okebukola.
The statement reads in full:
“Professor Peter Okebukola joined the service of Lagos State University transferring his service from the then Oyo State College of Education, Ilesa and the date of birth on his Record of Service forwarded to the University by his former employer is 17th February, 1951. The University is bound to stand by that date because the Record of Service is the officially recognized record of his past service.
“The affirmation of the Date of Birth of Professor Okebukola in the Record of Service forwarded to the University by the Oyo State College of Education, Ilesa confirmed the assertion by Professor Okebukola that he was born on 17th February, 1951,” it said.
Lasu explained that aside from Okebukola, twenty five other persons also benefited from the law adding that the university will not stop in its academic prowess and service to the community.
“It is instructive to note that aside Professor Peter Okebukola, five (5) academic and twenty (20) non-teaching members of staff including those on Terminal Leave also benefitted from the provisions of this law.
“Also, we state unequivocally that the Vice-Chancellor has no power to confer on any individual the rank of Distinguished Professor. It was the University Senate in the exercise of its powers as provided in Section 9:2(f) LASU LAW 2004 (As Amended) that recommended to the Governing Council, the conferment of the rank unto Professor Peter Okebukola. The Governing Council also duly approved same.
“Finally, the University Management is using this medium to reaffirm to the general public that it is resolute in continuing to deliver on its core mandates of teaching, research and community service.” the school stated.