LASU To Partner Alumni To Make Institution Best In West Africa –VC

LASU, VC, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello

The Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo says it is determined to partner with its alumni, in its quest to make the institution the best in West Africa.

Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, Vice-Chancellor of the university disclosed this at the 2021 Governor’s lecture, organised by the Lagos State University Alumni Association on Thursday in Lagos.

The theme of the lecture is Educational Leadership and Technology As Viable Options For Economic Recovery and Nationhood; The Experience of Lagos State.

Olatunji-Bello said that theme of the lecture aligned with the university’s strategic goals.

According to the vice-chancellor, the institution has carefully anchored its vision on six strategic goals that aligns with the mandate of the university’s alumni association.

She noted that the development was in a bid to demonstrate the university’s commitment toward the association.

Olatunji-Bello added that these strategic goals were to ensure that academic and professional programmes were and remained accredited by the relevant bodies.

“Through a partnership with the alumni, It will ensure the university becomes a research, innovation and development hub for Lagos State as well as contribute to national development.

“It will equally ensure that infrastructural facilities are improved, improve the internal generation of revenue, promote the welfare of all staff and students and promote participation in sports activities.

“The importance of quality leadership and technology cannot be underestimated. Indeed, technology plays a major role in shaping our lives, interactions and operations.

“Malcolm Knowles, the US Adult Educator, predicted in the 1970s that education in the 21st century will be delivered electronically, it has become a reality today,” she added.

Olatunji-Bello appealed to the governor to assist in providing an Independent Power source for the university.

“We also appeal for an increase in our monthly subvention, to enable the university to cater for other contingency needs and digitalisation of the entire operations of the university.

“There is also the need for the provision of internet facility for the entire campus,” she said.

Sen. Seye Ogunlewe, a one time  Minister of Works,  urged both the Federal and State Governments to establish colleges and universities that would develop relevant courses to meet the needs of the country.

Ogunlewe noted that courses like cassava and cocoa production and others needed to be established because they could go a long way in the acceleration of national development and growth.

“LASU was established to provide admission for the teeming population of Lagos.

“More universities are needed to cater for the huge population of young people seeking admission yearly.

“LASU must also look at increasing its internally generated revenue to meet challenges of funding,” he said.

Sir David Sumoni, Pro-Chancellor of the university stated that the council  was focused on its vision to make the university number one in Africa.

Sumoni said that the council would work hard to also ensure all hands were on deck to achieve the laudable objectives and vision of LASU management.

On his part, Maj-Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe commended Gov. Sanwo-Olu for overseeing the smooth transition from one vice-chancellor to another in the university.


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