The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU) Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun has announced that the university is now an African Centre of Excellence. He made this known in his remarks at maiden edition of the long service award organized by the university to reward and appreciate staff members of the university for their immense contributions the growth of the university which took place on 16th November, 2018 at the University Auditorium complex, Ojo, Lagos state.
The VC who Opened his remarks with a call for a one minute silence for the souls of the departed staff of the University started by on a high note by announcing that LASU is now an African Centre of Excellence.
According to him “I will start my remark on a high note. I am proud to announce to you that LASU is now an African Centre Of Excellence.
“When we start this centre of excellence, we must promise ourselves that we will strategically manage our institution and sustain it.”
Explaining how LASU achieved the feat he said “We were chosen from about 154 Universities that applied for the centre and after several rounds of assessment and screening, we were selected as the only State University in the round”. The senior lawyer added that as a result of the feat, the school will be attracting foreign students and faculties hence the school cannot afford to go on crises.
He also disclosed that the school is set to own four new buildings and a convention center which will be underway in December this year.
He said “The name of the game is changing and we must be a part of it. My remarks centres on saying thank you to each and everyone of you for making this university what it is today. We have worked together and we will not stop”
In conclusion, Prof. Fagbohun called on members of the Management, present and past, Deans, HODs for recognition for making the vision work, he also recognized the Pro-Chancellor as well as the Staff Union Leaders for their support.
Over 500 staff of the university were awarded according to how long they have served from the categories of 20-29 years, 25-29 years, 30 years and above as well as an award for the longest serving staff (male and female).
Chairperson of the Long Service Award committee, professor Sena Bakre in her remarks noted that the academic staff establishment were contacted to get the proper data of staffs adding that some staffs joined the university since inception and some got employed as far back as 1983 and 1984.
The Pro Chancellor of LASU and the Chairman Governing Council, Professor. Adebayo Ninalowo also congratulated the awardees in his remarks. He said, the happenings in LASU within the past three years was different from what it used to be, as happiness was now the order of the day. He noted that the Long Service Award ceremony was geared towards celebrating hard work and motivating the staff to be more productive.
ASUU and the hopes of a school boy
A for Apple, B for ball was what I started with
I graduated to living things and non living things.
Johnbull my son I sent you to school was the motto, so I could read my book.
Even if I fail to read my books, the sound of bata re a dun koko ka was enough to make a little me read my books.
I buckled my shoes, so I can knock at the doors of great men when I grow up and I would be granted entry.
I thought that was all, until I encountered verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning
Trying to get answers to the questions was what I solved until I got into secondary school
Integrated science wasn’t my best because of MR NIGER D
I wasn’t good at business studies because of SHORTHAND
Social studies was my favorite because there I learnt more about man and his environment
I studied hard to pass through my junior WAEC.
Finally, I will fit in long trousers was my joy after I pass through Junior School
But then, there came a stumbling block
SCIENCE, COMMERCIAL AND ARTS
Were Calling me, saying pick me! Pick me!!
Finally I settled for arts even though people viewed it as department for unserious student
HISTORY, GOVERNMENT, LITERATURE were my favorites and I never missed a class
“6 years in secondary school no be joke” was the inscription on my uniform the day I finished my WAEC
Finally, I’m free from early morning assemblies
Or teachers saying “submit your notes”
I said to my self, I will attempt jamb with a successful result; Alas! In four years I will be a graduate.
These thoughts was in the head of my little self who was eager to go to the university
Have your heard of ASUU strike, my uncle’s would say?But then I shrugged it off, saying I will graduate in four years
Four years on, I’m still in school because of ASUU strike.
But then that’s not the issue
Not until I’m done with school
And companies will ask for 25 years old with 4 years working experience.
Ayobami Okerinde, student at LASU, is Cordinator, Trigger Writers’ Club
LASU-VC, 30 others appointed as SAN
Lagos State University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun has been appointed as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun who is the 8th Vice Chancellor of LASU and a professor in Environmental law was appointed along side thirty other legal practitioners from all over the country.
The rank, Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the Legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates.
Swearing in of the newly appointed Senior Advocates will take place on Monday, 24th of September, 2018.
Funny facts about LASU
LASU is more than just an institution and may as well be the only university with ‘countries’ on its Ojo campus. LASU is pan African, with many locations on campus named after African countries.
Nigeria: A country on LASU Ojo campus which has the School of Communication, and Faculty of Arts, which is known as the Home of Joy, for its melodious tunes and unending dramatisations, from the Music students and their Theatre Arts counterparts who are often seen in the Arts Auditorium and under trees within the Arts environs.
Key locations in Nigeria LASU
*London Bridge – Home of Joy.
*Pavilion – Centre of All Arts.
*LASU Health Centre
*Eco Library – populated by restaurants and cyber cafes.
USA: Home to the School of Communication, popularly called ‘New Building’, the official lecture and office complex of School of Communication students. It is named USA as it is arguably the coolest building on campus (boasts a TV studio, radio studio, editing suite and newsroom). It also has the coldest lecture halls, thanks to the air conditioners and the serene environment.
Key USA locations
LASU Radio (95.7 FM)
Angola: Houses the populace of science faculty, the school fishery department, and situated opposite the student affairs building.
Key Angola locations
Fisheries Department’s fish ponds
The new face of LASU
Like the popular saying “change is the only constant thing in life”. Over the years, Lagos State University (LASU) was viewed as the abode of all sorts of societal ills like cultism, indefinite strikes, student unrest, indecent dressing among other social vices which have tainted it once glowing image. Sadly so much for LASU, it is obvious that only its internal public knows of its development. The external publics are in the dark, still living in that past.
This fact was proven on Tuesday 14th of February 2017 when Soonest Nathaniel falsely posted on an online medium, Naij.com. He reported LASU to be among the six most notorious tertiary institutions in Africa that no Nigerian child must ever attend. He stated that cultism and strikes make LASU a tertiary institution to stay away from.
Interviews with some external public members on their perceptions about the university revealed that LASU would have to do a lot more in shoring up approval ratings. Perceived unstable academic calendar, likely hike in tuition fees, and doubts about a campus that is conducive, free from strikes and cultism, are some concerns expressed by prospective applicants to LASU.
Miss Ayonimofe Ayeni, an admission seeker, said she did not make LASU her choice of institution because she doubts the stability of academic calendar, hike in tuition, and strike actions by staff unions.
Clearing the Augean stable
Following the appointment of Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun by the Lagos State Government in 2016 as the eighth Vice Chancellor, LASU began a campaign to rebrand. Thus, the Vice Chancellor has made clear his goal – to deliver a university that commands respect from all.
Now in the second of his statutory five-year tenure, the professor of environmental law is on the path to the dream of a LASU that will be the pride of all. His tenure has engendered some positive changes that reflect his commitment to revitalizing LASU in as many ways as needed. and this was confirmed by members of staffs and students.
Although his desired ranking destination for LASU is the first-four, the university is currently not a poor contender on the league table of Nigerian universities, on which it stands 16th, according to a latest ranking of 100 universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC). With its current position, LASU is leading many private universities and those belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria. Besides, LASU remains Nigeria’s best state-owned university. This stands as a testimony to the ever-rising standards in LASU, where Vice Chancellor Fagbohun has left no one in doubt about its even brighter future.
One point of deviation from its troubled past is the present stability of academic calendar. By this, students no longer have to stay longer than required to graduate. This has been due to the fact that the university, with its Data Processing Unit, continues to rely on its efficient, real-time results processing software architecture that has ensured quick release of results after examinations. Whereas, certificates used to take years before they were ready in the past, getting certificates has become a lot easier and quicker for graduates of the university. A challenge that once bedeviled the university in the past was scripts going missing, leading to prolonged study durations for students. Now in place are efforts to ensure that scripts no longer go missing.
Through the Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme, excellent students whose cumulative grade point average (CGPA) begins from 4.50, continue to enjoy financial rewards from the school’s purse. This has been one of LASU’s ways of rewarding excellence and inspiring achievements among students, while encouraging University Scholars to maintain their CGPAs in order to remain on the scholarship.
The results are already coming. In embracing modern technologies, LASU now makes use of its well-equipped Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Centre for examinations and tests in courses such as General Nigerian Studies (GNS). LASU continues its rapport universities at home and abroad by sending delegations of its students to competitions and symposia in Nigeria and overseas – one of the visionary goals of the current Vice Chancellor. LASU Registrar, Mr. Akinwunmi Lewis, who almost beat his chest over a new LASU, could not hide his ecstasy in an interview he granted LASUQuill.
“LASU has never had problem with her standards. It has always been high as her products are doing fantastically well. LASU’s Law is among the first best three at the Nigerian Law School. Go to Alausa, which is the seat of power in Lagos, over 70 per cent of those who are in charge of one thing or the other are graduates of LASU. If you graduate today and you do the needful by filling the bio data, you can rest assured that within one week you will get your certificate, said Lewis, who urged those who graduated years back to come and pick their certificates as thousands of it are ready.
He added, “The NUC has approved the establishment of the Lagos State University Open and Distance Learning and Research Institute (ODLRI) – to replace the now-rested LASU External System (LASUES) – and the ODLRI operates as 70% virtual and 30% physical. It is meant for the working class who do not have time or opportunity to embrace education on full time basis. It is also for people who want to add to their degrees and for life-long learning.
According to Mr Jeariogbe Olaniyi, standards have improved in LASU. Olaniyi, whose designation is Principal Executive Officer, added that educational standards in LASU have improved, noting that students, on their part, are reflecting this by making the varsity proud. He pointed to the fact that a delegation of LASU undergraduates topped other universities at the 9th and 10th sessions of the Nigerian International Tertiary Institutions Model United Nations Conference (NITIMUN) held 2017.
The LASU officer also stated that the university recognizes excellence and dedication to studies in studies; and sure enough, the school rewarded some 237 students, whose cumulative grade point averages (CGPAs) fell between 4.50 and above. Each of those rewarded, known as University Scholars, got a cash prize of N15000. According to him, the reward is given at the end of every academic year.
In assuring LASU’s publics of a departure from a crisis-riddled past that saw fees skyrocket to as high as 250,000, the Vice Chancellor has consistently said there are no plans to raise tuition from its current student-friendly rate, the lowest among Nigerian universities. Readers would recall that when it was recently rumoured that fees would surge up again, the management of LASU swiftly stepped in to say there were no such plans in the offing, a claim that has been greeted with cynicism by some staff unions, notably the varsity’s local chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
There appears to be some commitment, on the part of Lagos State Government, to improving infrastructure in LASU. A befitting Senate Building, which is expected to house the Vice Chancellor, other principal officers as well as staff members in the principal offices, is near-ready for use. Across from it stands a four-storey central library that is reportedly among the biggest in Nigeria. Already at an advanced stage, when completed, the library is expected to solve the perennial challenge of space constraint currently faced by users at the Fatiu Akesode Library. Also likely to commence any time soon is a hall of residence that will house 6000 students; a space has already been earmarked on campus for this maiden massive residential infrastructure.
Times were when roads within LASU were a nightmare to staff members, students and visitors, who dreaded to drive and walk on them. The rains only made it worse with puddles all over, leading vehicles to sometimes break down. Recalling the ordeals of that era, Jeariogbe strongly suggested that LASU has left all that behind. Now, the road network ensures smooth rides for all, thanks to joint efforts of LASU’s management and agencies of the Lagos State Government. In the same vein, the premises is now well-lit at night, leading in no small measures to effective patrols by a security department that is committed to safety on campus.
Saheed Raheem, a final year student, exuded ecstasy and fulfillment when he compared today’s LASU with that which he met four years earlier, when he was admitted four years earlier to study History and International Relations. Raheem was full of praises for the Vice Chancellor for changing the story for the better. For instance, he recalled that roads were reconstructed and lit, while the environment is now better. He commended Fagbohun for reconstructing the gate on LASU-Iba Expressway, while also noting his achievements in other areas like security. The Historian-in-training hopes that the era of protests and strikes does not return to haunt a university that is fast recovering from a past riddles with crises.
Measures put in place to combat any resurgence of cultism on campus are achieving desired results already. Cultism, which was a serious challenge for the university, appears to have succumbed to LASU’s zero tolerance for cultism. Commenting on the peace being enjoyed in LASU, President of the Lagos State University Students’ Union (LASUSU, Samuel Olalere commended efforts by Fagbohun-led management.
“I need commend the current administration because they have done so well. Our brand has changed. Immorality and indiscipline have also been curbed. LASU is now in a positive reckoning. For me to emerge as the president and still looking healthy, it is because of the LASU we have today. What has brought peace to LASU is the ‘all-inclusive government’ technique of Prof. Fagbohun that has made LASU a school with a peaceful environment. Like the saying goes, ‘dress the way you want to be addressed’. Your dressing is your image. Indecent dressing is now a thing of the past in LASU.
“The school management placed banners of the 19 prohibited dressings, displayed at strategic points on campus. On entering the university, the persons you meet are the school gate are the Campus Marshals who checks students’ appearance from head to toe. This has had a good effect on LASU’s image. Fagbohun’s all inclusive governance has taken LASU to greater height as he involves the student, academic and non academic staffs in decision making, as they work together for the growth of the school, making it a World class standard. No wonder our students and staff members proudly chant we are LASU, we are proud.”, said Olalere.
LASU VC, Olanipeku’s son, 62 others listed for SAN
SIXTY-four lawyers have been shortlisted for the award of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) rank for 2018.
There are 55 names on the advocate category and nine were nominated on the academic category.
This news story was first published in THE NATION
Lagos State University (LASU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) General Secretary Aare Isiaka Olagunju, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa and Olabode Olanipekun, son of former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), are some of the prominent names.
A statement by Chief Registrar of Supreme Court/Secretary, Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), Hadizatu Mustapha, said the candidates were successful after the first and second advocates’ filtration, academic pre-qualification exercise and the appeal process.
They are Wole Agunbiade, Charles Oguejiofor, Olaniyi Olopade, Ikhide Ehighelua, Ayo Asala, Oluwole Iyamu, Kenneth Ahia, Nureini Jimoh, Oladipo Olasope, Mosediq Kazeem, George Igbokwe, Essien Udom, Olanipekun, Adewale Atake, Jephthan Njikonye, Olusegun Jolaawo and Isiaka Olagunju.
Also on the shortlist are Oluseun Akinbiyi, Ishaka Mudi, Prince Orji Nwafor-Orizu, Edmund Obiagwu, Adegboruwa, Ibrahim Idris, Cosmas Enweluzo, Sonny Wogu, Olubowale Taiwo, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, Chukwudi Obieze, Olayode Delano, Abdul Ajana, Robert Emukpoeruo, Ama Etuwewe, Olumide Aju, Stephen Adehi, Olusegun Fowewe and Oba Maduabuchi.
Others are Musibau Adetunbi, Emmanuel Achukwu, Adekola Olawoye, Louis Alozie, Godwin Omoaka, Johnson Ojo, Tanimu Inuwa, Daniel Enwelum, Dr. Olumide Ayeni, Chief Richard Oma Ahonaruogho, Michael Lana, Leslie Nylander, Kingsley Obamogie, Orok Ironbar, Usman Sule, Metong Urombo, Echezona Etiaba and Ejike Ezenwa.
Those on the academic category are professors Joseph Abugu, Fagbohun, Olaide Gbadamosi, Mamman Lawan, Isa Chiroma, Oluyemisi Bamgbose, Bankole Sodipo, Muhammed Akanbi and Offornze Amucheazi.
LPPC said: “The general public is at liberty to comment on the integrity and reputation of any of the above candidates. Any complaint(s) presented to the LPPC shall be accompanied with a verifying affidavit deposed to before a Court of Record in Nigeria.
“Ten copies of such comments or complaints must be submitted at the Office of the Secretary, LPPC at the Supreme Court of Nigeria Complex, Abuja not later than 4.00pm on Monday May 14, 2018. Any request for additional information should be sent via electronic mail to: enquirieslppcnigeria@gmail. com.”
LASG signs MoU with LASU
The Lagos State Government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Sociology, Lagos State University to collate data of persons living with disabilities in the state.
According to the Special Adviser to the governor on Social Development, Joyce Onofowokan, the Memorandum of understanding (MoU) is important to enable the government capture everyone in her plan of action.
She said, “the MoU became necessary giving the governor’s concern on ensuring everyone is captured in government plan of action, so as to have a data which will enable government build framework for special persons”.
Onofowokan noted that the MoU aims to capture ages, location, status of living of people living with disabilities in Lagos and also ensuring that they are properly catered for.
She pointed out that LASG has chosen LASU for the collection of data based on the institutions credibility in research and data collection.
“ On the decision to choose LASU for the data collection, the institution has the credibility in research and data collection along side other social and geometry based projects “,she said.
The Dean of the Department of Sociology, LASU, Prof. Elias Wahab said the project will be approached with utmost dedication.
LASU releases deadline for payment of school fees
The Lagos State University management has declared Thursday, April 19, as deadline for payment of school fees for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The management made this known in the school’s official bulletin, dated Friday,April 13, 2018.
According to the official bulletin, it was noted that majority of the students have not paid up partly due to the nationwide wide strike embarked upon by the non teaching staff few months ago.
“The authority had noticed that a large percentage of the students are yet to pay the mandatory school fees partly due to the nationwide strike embarked upon by the Non-Teaching Staff of universities few months ago.
“A buffer period which will lapse on Thursday, 19th of April 2018 has now been given and all concerned students are advised to use the period to pay their school fees,”the bulletin stated.
The first semester examination is scheduled to start by the end of April 2018.
LASU gets presidency’s approval for new PHC, receives new ambulance
Lagos State University, Ojo has commenced construction of Primary Health Centre after approval from presidency.
According to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrenwaju Fagbohun at a media briefing on Thursday in Lagos, said it was approved through the Office of Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
He added that the primary health centre which has already began construction behind the existing LASU health centre. LASU have also received a new ambulance while the construction will be completed in about 20weeks.
He went further saying that the primary health facility will be also be accessible to communities around LASU to promote mutual bond between the institution and its community.
In his word “If you have engagement with your community, the chances of having any problem with them will be very minimal because they must also feel the impact of the university.
“There is no point limiting what is good to ourselves alone; so, we must ensure that we have effective relation with our community,’’ he added.
In addition to approvals, Fagbohun also said Lagos State Government executive arm had given a final approval for the university to construct a 6000-bed space model hostel which will be at an affordable rate
“The hostel will also be affordable because the government took up some aspect of the infrastructure, so that the hostel would be offered at a subsidised rate to the students.
“Government is subsidising the hostel by providing infrastructure, part of the rent, so that overtime, the investors will be able to balance out on their investment and the students will get it at an affordable rate,’’ he said.
Moreso, Fagbohun said that the construction of the just donated 500-seat auditorium by the Caverton Group to the university, alongside the privately funded 2,000 capacity Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre is believed to be completed in the next six months as it aimed at making the university a major hub for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by JAMB, among other examination bodies.
LASU Commissions New Senate Building soon
The Lagos State University new senate building would finally be commissioned as part of the 2018 convocation ceremony holding in few months time.
This was disclosed by the universitys Director of Works, Engineer Kazeem Sikiru Obafemi in an exclusive interview.
According to him the dream of the construction arose from the burning desire of the Lagos State University to have a befitting senate building that will bring aesthetic value to the University.
In another breath, the Senior Coordinator of Centre for Information Press and Public Relations (CIPPR) Mr. Adekoya Ademola, said, “Initially the construction of the building was said to be for 24 months, but due to the contractors’ delay and some budget signing that became difficult”.
When completed, the building will accommodate, among others, offices of the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, CIPPR office and all other offices that will be approved by the management.