The family of Late Prof. L.M. Adetona has announced Sunday, 15th April, 2018, for his Fidau prayer.
This will come up at Iba LASU Staff Quarters- Block 3 Flat 6. Time is 10:00am.
This information is for all and sundry.
Resumption of Academic Activities: Getting LASU Back on Track.
Our world-class students, welcome back. For several weeks – due to the just suspended nationwide strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), academic activities came to a halt in most public universities in Nigeria.
For us at Lagos State University, the journey continues. Our semester and session have been overstretched – which explains why we all must fully work together to get the LASU academic calendar back on track. Academic activities for the ongoing session resume immediately. We urge our world-class students to earnestly do what is expected of them in the areas of course registration, payment of school fees and preparation for examination as we cannot afford to further drag our academic calendar. There will also be a town hall meeting (date to be announced soon). The meeting will provide us with a platform to chart a collective strategy that addresses identified issues and spotlights proffered solutions.
We equally appreciate the efforts and commitment of members of staff(academic and non-academic). The LASU workforce has shown unwavering commitment to the LASU project and we are grateful for the selfless service being rendered to our university. The university will also look up to all members of staff in every department, unit, faculty, directorate and centre to provide leadership and work towards ensuring all academic and administrative activities hit top gear immediately. At this time, very distinguished colleagues, LASU needs us to once again rise to the occasion and show unprecedented efficiency and effectiveness.
Dear LASU Community, the road ahead of us may appear to be a challenging one. Nevertheless, the LASU story has never been about easy starts or luxurious journeys. Our history has been that of a university community – blessed with hard working staff and creative students who are capable of turning even the most unlikely situations around. We are a community that has emerged stronger from our challenging times and we are now building a prosperous and peaceful university. As one LASU family, we are once again called upon to collectively push the frontiers, stand up for the ideals of our founding fathers and ensure that no bottleneck draw us back in any form. Let us continue to rise, work and fight for a greater, prosperous and peaceful Lagos State University.
Thank you all for your support.
We are LASU, We are Proud !!!
Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, Ph.D., SAN. Vice Chancellor.
Lagos State University Management puts off Lasu Governance Discourse
The Lagos State University Management wishes to inform staff, students and the general public that the LASU Governance Discourse scheduled for Friday 8th February, 2019 will no longer hold.
Any inconvenience is highly regretted.
Ademola Adekoya, Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations.
YOU WILL NOT REMEMBER DEBBIE
She’s not accursed, perhaps you wonder why, too, why I began with this title, why a person would pass through this sphere without being remembered. But yes, one can live – in fact, many had lived – and today no one remembered them. Like you, Debbie, a few more throws to the future and she is twenty-seven, passed through here, spoke English, correct English, in the colonial masters’ way. Okay then, the type of English that goes like this: ‘The Nigerian state is feverish and this has become communicable to every nook and cranny of the entire region, further exacerbated ”tfrough” incessant corruption and several other miscellaneous’. Now you get? The English of the exposed, of people that know book.
Debbie succeeded in many things, led her class in the varsity, a scholar you called her, but you still would not remember her, did not remember her. In her proceedings, Debbie was a lady of the people, a lady of honour, of things that took your sleep, of many many things that sagged down your head before you took up this story. But I’m sure you would remember to remember this story of Debbie whilst you held on, finding nothing to remember her for, still.
Erm, what’s that your name again? Did you read through here? Did you find something untied and you think I’d end it up in few lines and tell you thank you for reading? Never! I would do that if I also want to live for nothing, too, like Debbie, if I want to be a good story teller that would not be remembered!.
Debbie failed! Yes, Elf Hay Hi Ee Di. She well enough imparted on herself but showed the society her ten fingers, leaving us uncooked, Puruntu, leaving us with the ‘I go, I come’ that we spoke as English whilst she rode on in utmost fluency. Why then should we remember her?
Debbie failed! Again I said, to see through the future, and see us in there, us, little things that matter, we bring the future to its genesis, and genesis to its foretold future. For what then should we remember her?
Debbie thought she lived for herself. No! No Debbie! Had thought going with the record, she would forever be remembered, should forever be remembered, but no, Fela was not best in school, yet we remember him. Soyinka wasn’t best in Leeds but would forever sing his praise. We care little about Mama Oby Ezekwezili’s honoraries, her zest is enough, her passion and love for us, and so we would forever remember her. Fawehinmi our hero! What do you want to know about him? What do you want us to tell you? For he’s still fresh in our minds as ever, as though it’s not ten years that he left us. His many goods had cleared up the rumour of his third class certificate, off our faces, our minds, and had in return filled us with his hopeful words, ever-reassuring, Gani’s words, oh, so sweet to our ears. For it was only him we had when the tyrants came roaring, he stood our back, our golden Gani, and said if it would result in death so be it!
Debbie failed to be like a Gani, a Fela or an Oby and why should we remember her? For her accolades?.
Here at Volunteer Hub Nigeria, while we prepare you for the future, we bring you to the society and the society down to you, so you may be remembered by someone, someday.
Kick Off Your February with Opportunities
- Volunteer Hub Ng
Hey There! Let me start with the best wishes for you this new month. Just few weeks ago, everyone was buzzing about the new year. Now, we are counting days into the second month of the year. While it is right to say “time flies”, I personally believe that time is neither fast nor slow. Time is what you make out of it.
At Volunteer hub, we are committed to helping you utilise time- the right way. So you do not only count days but you also need to reflect on the productivity and knowledge that comes with each passing day. In line with this commitment, we have chosen to kick off February by sharing some amazing tips that will help you leverage more opportunities in 2019.
Tip 1: Be Definite
There are many opportunities out there but you have to be sure of what you want. This way, you will be able to pursue the best opportunities for you. Take out some time to reflect on your personality, your vision and your ambitions. Find out which of the many opportunities key into your big picture. Then, focus on how to access these opportunities.
When I wanted to start volunteering, I had no clear idea of what I wanted. So, I basically chased after everything. Of course, I was able to get some opportunities but I was never fully satisfied with them because they didn’t key into my big picture. So, I had to step back and find out what exactly I wanted for myself. After this time, I could channel my energy into was right for me.
Your choices should go with the realities of your situation. Different opportunities demand varying degrees of commitment from you. For example, an opportunity may require you to carry out physical outreaches every day. As a student, this may not be the right opportunity for you. Subscribing to such cannot turn out well because you are very likely to be unproductive.
Before grabbing an opportunity, be sure that it will turn out productive for all parties.
Build your Network
Opportunities may be everywhere but they still stay hidden. With the right network, however, you will easily connect with the best ones for you. Once you identify the opportunities that realistically work with your vision, you will need to build a circle that can help you access them.
Be sure to attend events and register on platforms that allow you connect with right-minded persons. Build relationships with such persons and be sure that you put yourself out there.
Alakanni: The Cosmos
“Thanks to all those friends,
Colleagues and teachers,
Who have opened doors, for
Us to see the world clearly”
It struck my mind as I kept on reading the biography of a stalwart in this field
A field where kids like us are regarded as neophytes. Unbelievably, why I have done this it actually cannot be said. However, it is necessary, for in due season when more spices have been gotten, a better delicacy would be made in honor of Dr. Tunde Akanni, the Bakayoko of my time as in the tale he once recommended for us to go through, and to see the struggles of Africans in the past, those who know Semene Ousmane can relate.
The early morning lectures came thick and fast. I cannot exactly recall this day, but it happened during my travails in the windy plains of LASUSOC. That was when I met him, with his grandiloquence, to students of this age, of the new media. I knew my neurotransmitter would not refuse this man who everybits of his spoken word told me who I ought to be.
Bewildered by his enormous achievements, and yet his humility to give room to us, to bare our thoughts and share our weaknesses, Dr Akanni always listen to everyone of us. Many students would testify to this sentence of mine. He is the “Aturu” of this day, though not as a lawyer, but as an activist who fits the bill of a lawyer, for he won’t let the man die in him when tyranny comes.
Sir, you surely would make series and volumes if your voyages were something I could put down. Is it about your days and times in far away Brazil, in Leicester the land of our masters, the Netherlands, and many places I needless to mention, maybe a lover of adventures, if I may deduce.
Sometime ago, in one of his numerous interviews, I singlehandedly picked the opinion he gave to “This day”, one year ago, about how children should utilize their long holidays, adding that parents should also begin to focus on encouraging collaborative projects that will add value to their children whether they are on holidays or not. He represented a parent or a guidance to many of us, and even from afar, his words travelled faster than the bullet train, in helping me to discover much more than I have become.
As a political Science student, who is in love with journalism, and an addiction for writing, one thing many do not know – and which till current day has been the oil of my engine never to breakdown – was the fact that one could be what one is determined to become. I also learned this from him, with a second class lower in English language, at the university of Ilorin.
Today, he has mentored and championed many first class students of this age, and I strongly believe this didn’t happen by magic, but because of his determination to make it beyond average. Although I advised you never to compare a second class during the 1980’s to a first class of today, the standard hasn’t really changed, but you won’t be doing yourself any good, if you decide to compare the society now and then morally.
If many others are like him, then I already foresee an era of new world beaters. That when the current legends fades away, with time as all shall someday do, the rising suns in us shall stand tall at the table of knowledge, and instill that which we have inherited from men such as this into the starving system of our education. Who then will you be to challenge me that our land won’t rise again?
To many of us who still might not know who we have among us, a legend, too many a names that I can decide to call him Bilal, a new breed – we have freedom of expression and internet rights, (NJIRI) Nigeria journalist internet rights. But he was a fore fighter during the times when the battlefield was like that of Vietnam. What do you expect from a human right activist, a political analyst? I can tell you Mr. Musibau, would also be remembered as a foundation for the rights we also enjoyed today.
So, I ask when should we enjoy noble men? When should we celebrate them? I don’t need to wait till it’s their birthday, nor pour them tributes when they are gone. Moreover, Dr. Akanni has too much years ahead to supervise what we are becoming.
Why do I choose the word cosmos? Might it not be too big to eulogise a man? But nothing is too big to use for your role model. Their mantras are whatever definition you give it. He is one of the big boys who passed through Concord newspaper, and still fares big- time in Nigeria today. So, it is a challenge for young minds like us, not just to level up to him, but if possible, surpass him.
I can now use this little space remaining to tell you the causes he cared about, and I can tell you categorically he would attend to you in person. There would never be anything like ‘drop a message’. He is always online for issues like Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Politics, Poverty Alleviation, Science and Technology, Social Services.
If impacts were made to your resilience in your struggles in life through the little time you know people, compared to the very men you have met, then know quite well you have a lot to take from such men. If they need not tell you who they are but their actions speak volumes, then know well, they are fit for role models, and if one example is needed Dr. Akanni fits the click. I have known only but a few about him, and with the passage of time, more about him would surely crop up in a crescendo.
I am just a speck among the very lives he has touched, and..
To me, he is a cosmos alone, with a legacy in progress.
Future leaders: Among Yahoo boys, their prey, and slay queens
Considering the society we find ourselves, where condemnation of immorality can be greeted with criticism and tongue-lashing, you dare not tell those known as ‘children of anger’ that engaging in illegal activities can lead to destruction. They will swiftly tag you with all sorts of unprintable names, shut you up and quickly remind you that nobody is holy.
Regardless of the names I may be tagged with, I think much needs to be said about the parasite that has plagued contemporary Nigerian youths.
It disheartens to know that the many people pretend that all is well with Nigerian youths, looking the other way, while the youths that will fill the political space in the nearest future are left to wallow in wrongdoings.
Get-rich-quick schemes like YahooYahoo and Yahoo Plus top the wrongdoings that some youths engage in, that society grapples with today. They are the sort of things that quite a number of undisciplined youths now engage in for materialistic gains. However, in reality, greed, crass laziness, criminal tendencies, shortsightedness, materialism and the exposure to obscene wealth among our youth are the real causes of social ills like Internet fraud – popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo – and female prostitution called runs.
While Internet fraudsters will do whatever it takes to engage in fraudulent activities like using different dating sites to dupe males and females – clients – to whom they disguise as women or men, and falsely profess love. All for the money and just to have the latest designers in town, prostitutes known as ‘slay queens’ are ready girlfriends, sex tools, and party riders to Internet scammers. Their motto appears to be ‘get rich or die trying’- as inspired by a certain famous American rapper.
Contrary to what Yahoo boys will make you believe, it takes a great deal of hard work, sleepless nights, dedication, times, brain and sacrifice to succeed in this industry. Just like entrepreneurship that many youths are running from, to start eating the fruit of labour as a scammer is not a day’s job. I actually discovered that for a scammer not to work like elephant and eat like ant, he needs to double his hustle. Many of them can be broke for weeks or months contrary to what they portray on their social media handles. But the belief that they will also hammer one day and live large like their role models gives them the hope to push harder, in the process of which nemesis catches up with some of them.
Those who become too broke for comfort are believed to go extra miles in seeking wealth by employing diabolical means like fetching dismembered human parts they believe can quicken wealth. This is called YahooPlus, a sort of second plan used when they do not seem to be getting positive responses from their clients. This second plan is said to come handy when they are in a hurry for money. Mostly driven by peer pressure, they want to have the latest cars and all other items of luxury so they can be hailed by their friends.
Sadly, the slay queens suffer the consequences of Yahoo Plus. They fall victims of ritually motivated killings. They are lured for the kill; through the pretext of being paid a mutually agreed fee for a night stand with men they knew nothing about – total strangers – they are ‘engaged’ for the night. Usually, they are drugged to sleep, then butchered into parts they are taken or their spirits are evoked which renders many of them a walking dead. Down the earth they go causing early tears for parents.
By their looks and character you shall know them. A Yahoo boy may sag trousers, look thuggishly expensive; his way of thinking differs from that of a person earning humble and decent living. The slay queens wear additional eye lashes that may be quite long, wear heavy make-up, dress erotically, and frequent at clubs, smoking or drinking, in wait for men who need them. Those who are students among these ladies barely go for classes; they either hang outside or at a party catching fun. Classes can wait!
I did not mean to write this much but the pain that bedevils my fellow brothers and sisters calls for a holistic reflection. One wonders what the future holds for a country, whose active youths derive fulfillment from Internet fraud and prostitution. If one could sample opinions on the reason for these immoral acts by youth and solution to it, most may reply that unemployment is the cause, while the solution is to create jobs. A saying goes that a child who received no home training will train him/herself. We all know the right things to do, but some will say these acts are driven by frustration and poverty. But one must be quick to ask them if there are no other legal means of making ends meet? The problem is with greed; those involved in scam and prostitution are in want of the easiest and fastest ways to make money. Most youths have thrown all caution to the wind and become wicked and radical. Internet scammers and slay queens justify their acts with claims regarding an unfriendly labour market that has made academic qualifications unattractive to many youths, the corrupt and selfish politicians that are looting the public funds in billions. They also give the excuse of taking back from white people money belonging to African forefathers that were exploited during the transatlantic slave trade.
Yet, they have praise singers in the Nigerian music industry, where a particular musician with a large following that cuts across borders recently glorified Internet scam? While I am an ardent fan of the musician, his hit track, the lyrics of which went viral, is in bad taste. When a popular singer, who ought to be a role model to millions of youths looking up to him, croons in praise of Internet scamming, he ceases to the moral nerve to serve the interests of young ones whom he might even corrupt. And he sought to represent his constituency at the Federal House of Representatives in 2015.
Meanwhile, Internet has been a blessing and cash-cow to many Internetpreneurs like Jason Njoku (CEO IrokoTv), Akin Alabi (CEO, NairaBet), Opeyemi Adeyemi(co-founder Jobberman), child comedian Emmanuella, who recently landed a Disney role, and many more in different sectors. But the same Internet has been wrongly used by some youth for criminal activities they regard as ‘hustling’.
Way forward? Agreed! Nigeria is going through series of socio-economic problems,but the business opportunities for the teeming youths cannot denied. Across our nation’s sectors, young people can learn about many start-up ideas to establish themselves in legitimate enterprises. Several skills and opportunities are out there waiting for people that can throw themselves at them. For instance, some people make shoes for a living (LASUSOC’s Lekan Oluokun owns ForiFori), while some make dresses like Yomi Casual and so on.
You do not have to feel that cannot do it; believe you can and you will. If you do not push yourself forth you will remain stagnant and caught idle, in a situation where you are neither useful to yourself nor others! At the end of it all, you would have wasted time that cannot be regained when one becomes old, when it will be too late to turn back. Kudos to the resilient youths who are catching on these opportunities; they are the real hustlers.
Agreed that Nigeria has problems, but why not be a solution instead of adding to the problems? Go to CCHub at Yaba and see how youths like you are showcasing their digital dexterity and making the world a better place. Why do you choose to be useless to this generation? No known illegitimate Internet user has yet made the Forbes list of the richest people in their country let alone to talk of the world. It’s not too late ladies and gentlemen; you can still retrace your steps and show the world what you are made of. You have all it takes to make your parents and this generation proud. The ball is in your courts.
Making cake with a sandwich toaster
A cake is a form of dessert, often baked into different sizes and shapes to suit particular purposes. It is loved by most people but baking one could be tasking especially when the process is a manual one. It is now easy to have a home-made cake with a simple sandwich maker, which is available in most average Nigerian homes.
Ingredients for cake in sandwich maker
One cup of plain flour (128 grams)
Half (½) a cup of softened butter or cooking oil (113 grams)
One tablespoonful of baking powder
Half (½) a cup of granulated sugar (100 grams)
Thirty (30) ml milk or water (more or less)
One teaspoonful of vanilla essence or ground nutmeg (good for flavor)
One or two eggs
You can make use of any cake recipe you like and also pre-packed cake mixes.
1. Mix sugar and softened butter together until both are well mixed and in a creamy state.
2. Add the eggs and vanilla essence, ground nutmeg (cinnamon can also be used for flavor). Mix together until it becomes light and creamy.
3. Sift in the flour and baking powder; then gradually add milk and mix until it gets soft and fluffy.
4. Lightly grease the toaster with butter and pre-heat for three minutes.
5. Fill the triangles with the mixed flour then cover and cook for three to five minutes.
6. After cooking for three to five minutes, open and check to see if it is properly done. To check if it is done, simply dip a toothpick into the cake, if it comes out clean and dry, the cake is ready; otherwise, you should leave it for an extra minute or two, when it should become well-cooked.
7. Now take out the cake from the sandwich maker. Serve and enjoy. The cake can also be served by decorating it with icing sugar to make it look more attractive.
“LASU will not hike fees” – Vice Chancellor
The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun has assured that the university has no plans of hiking undergraduate tuition fees.
While assuring students and parents that fees will remain unchanged, the environmental law professor described as untrue rumours making the mills that the university is about to jerk up undergraduate tuition fees.
The VC allayed the fears being nursed by students about another spell of fees impasse. According to the eight Vice Chancellor of LASU, with exception of acceptance fees that rose from N10,000 to N20,000, other fees remain same.
“Let me state in clear terms that the University only increased the acceptance fees payable from N10, 000 to N20, 000. And this amount is to be paid once by candidates offered provisional admission by the University, and it’s still the lowest in the country today. We have not in any way increased the school fees”, he said putting to rest viral reports of a planned hike in fees at the university.
Fagbohun gave the assurance on the Ojo campus of the university, while speaking at a matriculation held for newly admitted students. He recalled saga that involved his predecessor, Professor John Obafunwa, whose tenure saw fees rise by about 100 percent. The hike had sparked-off wild protests by students and staff members of the university, who finally got the then Lagos Governor Babatunde Fashola to revert fees to N25, 000, which is said cheapest in any state-owned university in Nigeria.
Saying there would be no need for students to take to the streets in ager again, the amiable Vice Chancellor, who is loved by students, recalled moments in his life when his inability to pay certain fees was a challenge. He recalled, “If not for the increase of the school fees then, I would have graduated as a linguist, but I could not afford the fee. I later went to College of Education where I graduated as an NCE holder. Since then I haven’t gotten the opportunity to gain admission, not until when I used my NCE to apply for Direct Entry into the University. Meanwhile, my intention was not to study education-related courses at inception. Can you see how it affected me in choosing my career?”
He urged the new students to be good representatives of LASU on and off its campus, which he said has witnessed tremendous improvements, such as reconstructed road, well-lit streets on campus, and more, since he assumed office in 2016. According to him, LASU, which now runs a stable academic calendar, will continue to do so in a peaceful atmosphere for staff and students.
He said the University will continue to make available adequate facilities to lecturers to aid learning by students, who, he said, must explore and maximize their academic potentials. He warned the freshmen and their seniors against falling victims to fraudsters seeking to serve as payment or registration agents. The VC said, Where you are not sure of what to do, meet your Course Advisers, Head of Department or go to the Students’ Affairs.
Before the VC gave the assurance about fees, reports had gone viral on social media about planned tuition fees hike, sparking-off fears about likely unrest in a university that is still regaining stability. Students were said to be bracing up for another round of agitations, which the VC has been able to douse once gain.