Nine out of 14 professors have been shortlisted to contest for the post of the vice chancellor at the Lagos State University (LASU). A competent source, who pleaded anonymity at the university’s registrar’s office, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. The source said that 14 professors had applied for the position within the six weeks of the advertisement. “Nine were shortlisted after several considerations of their qualifications and pre-requisites for the position,” the source said. According to the source, the candidates who were not shortlisted do not possess a Ph.D certificate, while others had not spent up to 10 years as professors. “Although the advertisement had outlined that the professorship of the candidates must have lasted seven years, it was extended to 10 years during the screening as it applies in federal universities,” it added. The source said that while six of the shortlisted professors were from LASU, the other three were from outside the institution. It named the shortlisted professors as Abolade Adeniji, Dean, Faculty of Arts; Senna Bakre, Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics); Mrs Olatunji Bello of the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM). Others are Professors Nurudeen Olasupo, Department of Microbiology; Hamidu Sanni of the Islamic Studies Department and Babajide Elemo, Science Faculty. The professors from outside LASU are a professor from Texas, United States, simply identified as Oki; Professor S.A. Tella of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State and Professor Lanre Fagbohun, a former LASU staff now in the University of Lagos (UNILAG). The source also said that the interview for the shortlisted candidates had been scheduled to hold on December 7 at LASUCOM, Ikeja. The Lagos State government had on November 7 appointed Professor Fidelis Njokanma, (DVC, Administration) as the acting vice chancellor of the institution through the university’s Governing Council led by Professor Adebayo Ninalowo.