…Governor commissions 60-bed hospital, as Lagos varsity holds 25th convocation
…Tinubu endows N1 billion for Leadership Centre, delivers graduation lecture.
With a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.97 over a scale of 5.0, Benjamin Damilare Olowu became the overall Best Graduating Student at the 25th convocation of the Lagos State University (LASU) in Ojo.
The valedictorian, who hails from Epe Local Government Area of the State, finished from the Department of Mechanical Engineering with the highest grade point in the faculty’s record.
Also, 111 others graduated with a First Class across the 10 faculties in the school.
The graduands were awarded the degrees at the convocation held at the campus, on Thursday.
The Visitor to the school, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, applauded the feat attained by the university, stressing that the school had sustained the established culture of excellence and quality tertiary education.
The Ojo campus of the school was agog with activities, as dignitaries from various parts of the country trooped to the campus for the ceremony.
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, delivered the convocation lecture titled: “Global Trends: Nigeria’s Rightful Place in the World”. Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari chaired the lecture.
Sanwo-Olu, in his address, said LASU had evolved from its humble beginnings to attain a world-class status, noting that the quality of graduates churned out by the school testified to LASU’s tenacity of purpose, teamwork, drive for innovation in teaching, learning and research.
With Lagos ranked the fifth largest economy in Africa, the Governor said the State offered possibilities that could support the graduands’ creativity and entrepreneurial dreams.
He said: “Lagos State University has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1984 to its current world-class status. Our administration is proud of the great heights the institution has attained. I congratulate the management team, staff, students and other members of the university community for continually striving for excellence. Feats achieved by today’s graduands are testimonies of LASU’s tenacity of purpose, teamwork, and drive for innovation in teaching, learning and research, which are in line with the vision of the founding fathers of the university.
“As a Government, we will continue to provide the enabling environment for our youths to engage in meaningful educational and economic activities to add value to themselves, while also contributing meaningfully to the rising profile of Lagos as the economic and industrial hub of Nigeria and Africa. We have the market, as well as the population, that offer possibilities to support creativity of young people and their entrepreneurial ideas. Lagos, which is the 5th largest economy in our continent, is the place to be, to dream big and to implement even bigger ideas.”
Sanwo-Olu reminded the graduands that the contemporary world of work had changed, stressing that the graduates’ future would be defined by their ability to constantly adapt to ever-changing realities.
The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to provide requisite support for all State-owned institutions to allow for growth, academic excellence, and to enable them compete well with their peers in any part of the world.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the State Government had awarded the contract for the construction of the first-ever LASU Technology hub as a measure to achieve the vision for sustainable education and technology in line with his administration’s development agenda.
He said: “We have commenced the installation of LED Double Combo Renewable Energy Street Lighting of about 6.6km perimeter spots across the LASU main campus to ensure safety and security of lives of our students and workers during the day and at night. Also, the construction of six blocks of Hall of Residence, which will give 8,272 bed spaces, is on-going. This Public Private Partnership (PPP) project will soon be completed and commissioned for our students’ use.
“New buildings are being constructed for the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Management Sciences, as well as the LASU International School. The Central University Library and the LASU Homes are also nearing completion. The LASU Homes project, which is currently at painting stage when completed, will help to reduce accommodation problems faced by the teaching and non-teaching staff of the university.”
Earlier, the Governor commissioned a Primary Health Centre donated to LASU by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 60-bed fully equipped hospital has an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), operating theatre, laboratory, blood bank and consulting rooms, among other facilities.
Sanwo-Olu said the facility would be further equipped with an ambulance and requisite items to make it function properly.
Delivering the 25th convocation lecture, Tinubu dissected the contemporary challenges bedevilling the nation and offered what could be done to place the country on the path of irreversible growth and greatness.
The APC National Leader, represented by Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, described Nigeria as a nation “endowed with features of greatness”, but has remained locked in a place. Tinubu said the country remained an economy unjustly designed to export raw materials and import increasingly expensive finished products.
The frontline politician said the political class must truthfully acknowledge the lapses and must be bold to make corrections, rather than vilifying one another for the present challenges bedevilling the country.
He said: “Nigeria’s GDP per capita ranked as 17th in Africa and 131st in the world. According to the World Bank, we are the 7th most populous nation as at 2020. But, our economic ranking was not commensurate. One does not have to be a genius in mathematics to know the difference between 7 and 131.
“Our lack of sustained dynamic economic growth does not lend itself to social stability. Economic slowness and destitution place great pressure on people to migrate in search of opportunities. But too much migration too fast and too unimagined results in people competing and contending against one another on dwindling arable land, which undermines social harmony.
“We need a new, more convivial way. A way that will give us the right start at a fair chance for durable prosperity. A large urban population needs a strong manufacturing and industrial base. If not, we invite unemployment, crime, hunger and poverty to become chronic and severe. We must better link formal education with the skills and expertise our business community seeks in modern times.”
Tinubu told the LASU graduands that the occasion of their convocation presented an opportunity for them to play vital roles in changing their immediate communities, their States and the nation for the better.
The former Lagos Governor asked them not to underestimate the importance attached to their respective roles, stressing that the conferment of degrees in various disciplines had placed them on the forefront of an enlightened march that demanded for their passion, knowledge, talent and energy.
To deepen the culture of civic engagement among young people, Tinubu donated N1 billion endowment fund to establish the Centre for Leadership Development in the university. The Centre is to groom aspiring leaders and train human capital for leadership positions.
Also, Sanwo-Olu announced the decision of the State Executive Council to immediately set up a Professorial Chair on Leadership and Good Governance in the school on behalf of Tinubu.
The Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, said the school could not think of a better personality qualified to deliver the convocation lecture other than Tinubu, given the frontline politician’s vast contribution to the development of the university.
Prof. Olatunji-Bello, who was presiding over the first convocation in her tenure as VC, said the school management had mapped out a strategy to build on the achievements of the university and take the school to greater level of development.
She hailed Sanwo-Olu’s support for the school, while pledging the management’s assurance to sustain heights attained by LASU.
The school graduated a total of 7,237 graduands in disciplines across its 10 faculties, with 4,994 bagging first degrees and 1,716 post-graduate degrees.
Seventy-six candidates were awarded doctorate degrees, while 451 got Diploma certificates. Stephen Ogunkoya became the Best Graduating Student in the Masters category.
Two Governors were awarded honorary doctorate degrees. They are Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Doctor of Letters in Educational, Healthcare and Community Development; and Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum (Doctor of Letters in Community Integration, Youth, Urban and Rural Development.
A foremost scholar and former National Universities Commission (NUC) Executive Secretary, Prof. Peter Okebukola, was awarded Professor Emeritus, while Mr. Goodie Ibru was awarded honorary doctorate business degrees in Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism.
Other honorary degree awardees are Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa (Doctor of Arts in Broadcasting, Community Integration and Rights Advocate) and Mrs. Ibukun Awosika (Doctor of Entrepreneurship and Human Capacity Development).
COE Ilesa Upgrade to University Status: Oyetola sets up Implementation Committee
Profs Olu Aina, Labo Popoola, others make list
As a follow-up to the actualisation of the upgrade of the College of Education, COE, Ilesa to a full-fledged university, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has set up an 11-man Implementation Committee.
The Committee, headed by a foremost educationist, Prof. Olu Aina, is expected to, among other things, develop academic brief and physical master plan for the new university.
In a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, the governor noted that the Committee, which would be formally inaugurated very soon, will also engage the State House of Assembly towards the enactment of the law establishing the new university and the National University Commission, NUC, to facilitate speedy approval and formulate the internal charter of the proposed university to accommodate the participation of other key stakeholders, especially the Ijesa community, corporate entities, in the governance of the institution via a Special Purpose Vehicle among others.
Members of the Committee according to the statement also include a former Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole; a former Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Prof. Labo Popoola, a former Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University, Prof. Yemisi Obilade; and founder, Lead University, Ibadan, Prof. Jide Owoeye.
Other members of the Committee are the Managing Director, Saroafrica International, Mr. Olakanmi Rasheed Sarumi; Associate Prof. Wasiu Oyedokun; the Chief of Staff to Governor Oyetola, Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola; Osun Commissioner for Education, Folorunso Bamisayemi; Osun Finance Commissioner, Bola Oyebamiji; and Osun Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Femi Akande.
SANWO-OLU COMMENDED AS NUC FULLY ACCREDITS 31 LASU COURSES
Vice-Chancellor Says 96 % Accreditation Success Is Unprecedented
Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has been commended for bringing sustainable reforms to the State’s education sector as exemplified by the excellent performance of the Lagos State University (LASU) in the recently released National Universities Commission (NUC) Comprehensive Accreditation Exercise for the year 2021.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, gave the commendation while reacting to the NUC accreditation exercise for the Y2021 where LASU achieved 96 percent accreditation success, noting that the reforms embarked upon by Mr. Governor are fast yielding positive results.
Wahab explained that the Sanwo-Olu administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda is the fastest and most effective strategy for achieving transformational governance in the current democratic experience.
He emphasised that the State government’s huge investment in education, the third pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda, has repositioned its education sector in becoming a model for the country.
“Out of the 37 courses of the Lagos State University (LASU) presented by the University Authority for accreditation before NUC during the October/November 2021 NUC Academic Programmes Accreditation Exercise for Nigerian Universities, 31 of those courses got NUC’s full accreditation status”, he stated.
Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, said such an excellent feat is unprecedented in the University’s 40 years of existence, adding that the letter of notification of results from NUC stated that 31 out of the 37 courses presented before the Commission by LASU received an excellent grade of 96.0%, while four courses are still under interim accreditation status.
In her words: “LASU’s courses that had NUC full accreditation according to the NUC notification letter are Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Local Government and Development Studies”.
“Others include Arabic Studies, Christian Religious Studies, English Language, Islamic Studies, Yoruba Language, Music, Nursing Science, Psychology and Pharmacology as well as all the 14 courses in the Faculty of Education, Law, Mathematics and Physics”, she added.
Prof. Olatunji-Bello stated that the four courses still under interim accreditation status are Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Common and Islamic Law, Theatre Arts and Philosophy.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the University had witnessed progressive development since the inception of the Sanwo-Olu administration, pointing out that LASU programmes run smoothly without any interruption because the Governor adequately funds the growth of education while also prioritising the welfare of staff and students in policy formulation.
In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Adeniran Kasali, urged the management of LASU to reciprocate the State Government’s continued funding of the University by working harder and ensuring that the institution maintains its status as the best State University in the country and one of the first 500 in the world.
Also speaking, the President-Elect of LASU Students Union Government, Adeoye Moses, a 300-Level Student in the Theatre Arts Department, attributed the success of the accreditation to the State Government’s continued funding of tertiary education and the appointment of a hardworking educationist as the 9th Vice-Chancellor of the University, in the person of Mrs. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello.
Sex-for-marks: UniAbuja dismisses 2 professors
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na-Allah, says two professors of the institution had been dismissed for sexual harassment offence.
The VC told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in New York that the university had introduced a policy on sex abuse on campus, which had been published.
Mr Na-Allah, who was on a two–day visit to the U.S., to meet with the University of Abuja Alumni Association, USA chapter, to solicit support for the institution, said, ”female students needed to be protected.”
According to him, the institution is committed to high moral standards and will not tolerate any act of misconduct perpetrated by its staff against students.
“I have dismissed two professors since I became the vice- chancellor. It tells you how we are serious about the issue of sexual harassment.
“We are collaborating with some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), to make sure that it is not only us that are addressing this issue, but we have a strong partnership.
“We cannot allow the lives of our students to be destroyed, because most of the abuses destroy the lives of their victims.’’
The vice-chancellor said: ”it was sad to see some lecturers, who are supposed to be protecting the female students, becoming one of their problems.
“This a problem of universities in Nigeria, not only University of Abuja alone.
“But UniAbuja is pursuing it with vigour, because, we know this is one of the issues to address to make our university one of the best in Nigeria.
“As I speak now, there are several investigations ongoing by a committee set up, addressing the problem,’’ he told NAN.
The VC said that the university was working round the clock to make sure the institution become number one in Nigeria, adding that ”the best way is to improve on academics of the student.
“We are trying to provide all the facilities that the students need, for instance, the smart classrooms, internet facilities on campus and other areas.’’
Mr Na-Allah further said that the Centre for Distance Learning (CDL), in the university was among the best in Nigeria, adding that Nigerians in diaspora could take programmes anywhere in the world from the centre virtually.
“People from everywhere in the world are students from first degree up to PhD level at the CDL. Things are easier now; you can even do your defense on zoom.
“We have created a virtual classroom system and we are working with the National University Commission (NUC), to see that its policies are reversed in such a way to support virtual system.
“We are collaborating with the University of Arizona, U.S, because it has a large virtual system and we are exploring relationship for online programmes with the university,’’ he said.
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