Former LASU Vice Chancellor, Professor Lateef Hussein Is Dead
Fred Omotara, Lagos
A former Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojoo, Professor Lateef Hussein, is dead.
Mr Hussein, a professor of Physics and lecturer at the University of Ibadan until his retirement, reportedly died on Sunday evening at 75 after a brief illness.
The announcement is contained in a statement issued by the university and posted on its official Facebook page on Monday.
Reacting to the news on Monday, the university’s incumbent vice-chancellor, Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello was said to have “expressed her deep shock at the passing away of her former boss.”
Mrs Olatunji-Bello served under Mr Hussein as a deputy Vice-Chancellor before her appointment as acting Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Lateef Hussein served as the sixth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the university between 2005 and 2011.
Upon his appointment in 2005 under the administration of former Governor Bola Tinubu, Mr Hussein finished his first term of four years in 2009 and was reappointed for another four-year term in 2009.
However, the former Vice-Chancellor, like his substantive successor, Oladapo Obafunwa, faced challenges with the workers’ unions on the campus over issues of welfare, and allegation of victimisatiion.
He was, however, chased out of the university campus in 2011, causing an abrupt end to his tenure midway into the second term