At a press briefing recently, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun said his institution is set to build 6,000 capacity model hostel; he also commended Lagos State Government for steady support. CYRIACUS NNAJI writes.
Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun has extolled the Lagos State Government led by His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for the developmental progress that has been consistent with the institution.
Under Ambode, he said, LASU has enjoyed massive infrastructural development which include tarring and illuminating the entire university road networks.
“I want to tell you that Lagos State Government has not stopped since that development started, the government has continued to support us with our subventions.”
He said 80% of the institution’s subvention comes from the state government and this ensures that salaries are paid on time to members of staff. The government has also continued with its robust support with funding of accreditation.
“As you all know accreditation is the life of any institution, this support enables us to measure up with global practices, and other institutions in the world in terms of what is expected of us as an academic institution.”
Fagbohun also stated that there has been a consistent and continued strategic engagement with ministries and parastatals, adding that Lagos State Ministries have huge confidence in the institution and as such utilizes the school’s faculties in terms of research, to deepen their activities, Evidence of such confidence is “the social economic studies in which the state ministries were able to leverage on us to support their activities.”
He also spoke on Ready Set Work Programme which is aimed at deepening the entrepreneurial skills and employability of the graduates from Lagos State University.
While thanking the Governor, his cabinet and the state House of Assembly for their tremendous support, he said the Open and Distant Learning Research Institute (ODLRI) has been approved by the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) and “we are set for take-off, but we must start off in a way that is effective.”
In terms Physical Infrastructure, Fagbohun disclosed that “The university is set to construct 6,000 bed space model Hostel and the state government has given final nod.”
In choosing the right Transaction Advisers, he said “The university selected Pricewatercoopers (PWC) as Transaction Advisers to insulate ourselves from pressures of people who just want money for the boys, and they have done a good job in terms of ensuring technical and financial competence of those that will be involved and they have been able to select two different companies to construct 13 out of the 16 hostel houses.”
Fagbohun disclosed that due to the enabling peace in the university, the institution has been able to attract benefactors who are willing to support the university. He said Caverton has just donated a 500 seats capacity auditorium to the university. He also said the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development Goals has given approval for construction of a Primary Health Centre in the university, it has also approved a brand new ambulance. “We have commenced the construction of the primary health centre facility and in another five months it would be ready.”
The Vice Chancellor told the press that work will soon commence on a private funded 2000 capacity CBT Centre designed for JAMB examination. He said these projects are aside TETFUND intervention programmes. He said the university would be focusing TETFUND projects in Ojo and College of Medicine at Ikeja.
Speaking further he said “TEDFUND has continued to support us both in the area of infrastructure developments and capacity building of both academic and non-academic staff; physical infrastructure programme upgrade; Conference attendance, Staff Training and Development/Institution based research.
“Our TETFUND sponsored Entrepreneurship Centre has already taken off; our students have continued to distinguish themselves in various competitions, the admission process of the university has become competitive, and technology is also playing a huge role in his regard,” Fagbohun stated.
On collaborations and partnership he said the university has continued to deepen efforts to internalionalize the university and to deepen collaborative activities with other world class universities such as London Southbank University; University of Georgia, Cornell University, Winneba and Indiana University.
He said that the External System has wound up its activities, adding that an office has been opened to mop up the few outstanding.
Speaking on Students’ Welfare he said “Our monthly breakfast engagement is very much on course, we have established a career development centre; we have signed eight MoUs with a number of companies to deepen entrepreneurial activities.
“We have been able to maintain a stable calendar; we have been able to sustain peace and maintain conducive environment. We thank our Alumni for their tremendous support, at moment, they are poised to support the university in its digitization efforts.
“Our world class students have fully bought into the vision of the management to push the frontiers of a crisis free university. We also thank the benefactors for their faith in us,” the VC said.