From Cyriacus Nnaji, Lagos
Lagos State University (LASU) has matriculated 6,648 students even as the institution has also adopted a policy that guarantees 50% refund of school fees to students who consistently maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.5 every session.
The Vice Chancellor of LASU Prof. Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji- Bello made the disclosures at the 2020/2021 Matriculation ceremony of the institution which took place at the Buba Marwa Auditorium in Ojo, Lagos on Monday, October 25, 2021.
Olatunji- Bello who was superintending over a matriculation ceremony of the institution for the first time as the 9th Substantive Vice Chancellor of LASU while congratulating the fresh students, said that the Lagos State University over the years has remained on the part of academic excellence and distinguished herself among comity of universities in Nigeria.
Speaking on what the university will do to ensure welfare of the students she said, “The Lagos State University has what it takes to make you (the students) to succeed in your respective courses of study. Your welfare is top on our priority as we will ensure that learning environment remains conducive for learning. Your security in and around the university is paramount. This is why we have put in place adequate security measures. We have a well equipped university library for your use. We will ensure steady power supply to enable those who wish to study at night to do so comfortably. In order to promote healthy competition, we have put in place a policy that guarantees fifty (50%) refund of school fees to university scholars. This is the category of students who consistently maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.5 every session,” she added.
Also speaking on the vision of the university to take the institution to another level she disclosed that she has concluded plans to make LASU the best university in West Africa and to establish micro factories where interested students can work and earn stipends “Our vision is to make the Lagos State University the best in West Africa, right now it is one of the universities in Ghana that is the best, but we are planning, by the grace of God by the year 2025 when I will be rounding off, Lagos State University will be the first in West Africa.
“And we also have this policy of studentship employment for our students, to help with their welfare, because I have a plan to have some micro factories where the students can work and they will get stipend monthly,” Bello said.
She assured the new and old students of the readiness of the academic and non-academic staff to mentor and assist them. “Our resourceful and diligent academic and non-teaching staff are always available and willing to mentor and assist you in becoming the best in your chosen careers. We have a Guidance and Counselling Unit where you can obtain professional advice on making the best out of life. We also have the Career Development Centre (LCDC) where you can be professionally advised on your career path and Directorate of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship where you can acquire new skills and enhance those you already possess,” she stated.