LASU VC is committed to making the institution the best in West Africa – The Sun Nigeria

By Henri Uche, Lagos

The Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Professor Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello has pledged to make the institution an institution second to none in West Africa.

The Vice Chancellor, who made it known at an event marking her first anniversary as the institution’s second female and ninth long-distance VC, said her vision to make LASU a cynosure in all eyes in academia would not be achieved in isolation but through a collaborative effort.

According to her, research, leadership and community service are essential to her because she was determined to make “development” a cardinal point of her administration aimed at placing the institution on a solid foundation for greater heights.

“Before my appointment in September 2021, as Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, I had already decided in my mind to make the institution the best in West Africa and like you you can see, we are on the right track.

“We have achieved a few feats, but we are still getting there. We need more of your stubborn and unwavering support. I want to leave my successor with a lasting legacy that everyone will be proud of when my term ends.

“It should be mentioned that development will remain a chimera in a situation where research is commoditized, where the synergy between academia and industry does not receive the attention it deserves and where there is a disconnect between dress and the city.

Olatunji-Bello, who praised Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his prompt financial and other interventions, maintained that the institution will continue to reward outstanding students in each academic section.

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She called on all stakeholders to enter into her vision to facilitate the achievement of the objectives set by LASU. “From day one, I had clear and precise ideas to guide me in achieving the vision I set for myself for the University; ideas that later crystallized into the six strategic goals that shaped the direction of my administration’s political agenda, including the following:

“Ensure that academic and professional programs are and remain accredited by the competent bodies; to establish the University as a center of research, innovation and development for Lagos State and national development; ensure that infrastructural facilities are improved and readily available for seamless performance of administrative and academic tasks.

Others are: “Improving internal revenue generation with the aim of ensuring the financial viability of the university; promote the welfare of all university staff and students and promote participation in sports and recreational activities.

“I want to assure you, stakeholders, that we are determined to make the development of the University the cardinal point of this administration’s mission to place the University on a solid foundation of excellence in research, learning and community service,” she added.

In keeping with his promise upon taking office to reward outstanding students each session, the VC has awarded 556 students who are academically outstanding in their respective departments. Students (Scholars) would have earned more than 4.50 GP and above. For graduating students in this category, tuition fees would be reimbursed while undergraduate students in this same category would receive a discount.

With the theme “The Importance of Education for the Growth of the Nation”, guest speaker, Mr. Ben Llewellyn-Jones, Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, reminded Nigerian political leaders that education remains indispensable and that no nation can achieve any meaningful growth and development without quality education.

The High Commissioner, who applauded the leaps and bounds of the VC, urged stakeholders to synergize to solve the persistent problem of the Nigerian education system for the sake of generations to come. “Education remains the key to growth and development. You don’t have to play with it. Our children deserve the best,” he said.

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