National Universities Commission (NUC) on Tuesday gave Lagos State government clearance certificates of operations for the two newly approved State-owned universities.
They are Lagos State University of Education (LASUED), Ijanikin and Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUST), Ikorodu, 39 years after the first State-owned university, Lagos State University was established.
The certificates were handed over to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu by the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed at the Commission headquarters in Abuja.
With the clearance certificates of operation, Lagos State University of Education is now the 56th state university and 204th university in Nigeria, as well as the second University of Education in Nigeria while Lagos State University of Science and Technology is the 57th state university and 205th university in Nigeria.
The two universities, which are expected to kick start operations any moment from now are in addition to the existing LASU, Ojo, established in 1982 by the first civilian Governor of Lagos, late Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
Speaking at NUC headquarters, Governor Sanwo-Olu, commended the Commission for granting the operational certificates for the two universities.
He noted that the creation of the two institutions by his administration was not about being ambitious but doing what is proper for the people of Lagos State.
Also speaking, the NUC boss disclosed that the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had been fully notified about the operations of the two universities.