out of 14 professors have been shortlisted to contest for the position ‎of the Vice-Chancellor at the Lagos State University, News Agency of Nigeria reports on Friday.

According to a competent source at the Registrar’s office who spoke to NAN on the condition of anonymity, 14 professors had applied for the position within the six weeks of the advertisement and nine out of the 14 have been shortlisted to contest for the topmost job at LASU.

“Nine were shortlisted after several considerations of their qualifications and pre-requisites for absorption,” the source said.

The source noted that among the five candidates who were not shortlisted was the immediate former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Obafunwa, whose tenure ended on October 31.

According to the source, the candidates who were not shortlisted do not possess a PhD 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 Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. Abolade Adeniji; Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Prof. Senna Bakre; and Prof. Olatunji Bello, Lagos State University College of Medicine.

Others are Prof. Nurudeen Olasupo, Department of Microbiology, Prof. Hamidu Sanni of the Islamic Studies Department and Prof. Babajide Elemo, Science Faculty‎.

The professors from outside LASU are a professor from Texas, U.S., simply identified as Oki, Prof. S.A. Tella, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun, and a former LASU staff now in the University of Lagos, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun.

The source also ‎said that the interview for the shortlisted candidates had been scheduled to hold on December 7 at LASUCOM, Ikeja.

NAN reports that the post of the Vice-Chancellor at LASU had been vacant, following the expiration of the tenure of the former, Obafunwa on October 31.