The Nigerian University Nursing Student Association, Lagos Chapter (NUNSA LASU), held its first symposium of its maiden NUNSA week on the December 3, 2018, at the lecture theater, Lagos State University College of Medicine(LASUCOM) with over 150 students in attendance.
The NUNSA WEEK is a week celebrated by undergraduate nursing students in every Nigerian university to mark the end of every administrative tenure.
The theme of her first symposium was, “NURSING IN THE 21st CENTURY: ADVANCING PRACTICE THROUGH EDUCATION AND INNOVATION” which was coined after close watch and study of the nursing profession. It inspired the nursing students at Lagos State University to look into the next line of development in their profession. The sub theme of the symposium, “ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN NURSING” was the topic for the second lecture, which was also gotten after a close study of the ratio of graduates released into the labour market and job opportunities which was uneven. It was aimed at equipping student nurses with the abilities and ideas to be self employed even in a bid of becoming a 21st century Nurse.
The Provost of the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Professor Anthonia Ogbera, The former Vice Chancellor Lagos State University, Professor John Obafunwa, The Dean Faculty of Clinical science, Professor Awobusuyi,The Head of Department of Nursing,Dr.Bola Ofi, The Director of Nursing Services Lagos State were the Special guests of honor at the maiden event. Dr Dorothy Titilayo, a lecturer at the department of nursing in the University of Ibadan was the guest lecturer, She spoke on the main theme while Dr John Theresa, Head of Department of Pharmacology and also the course coordinator for entrepreneurship at the college of medicine took the lecture on the sub theme.
The symposium started at exactly 10:00am with an opening speech by the provost of the college of medicine, then after the guest lecture. Dr. Dorothy Titilayo, spoke on the main theme, “NURSING IN THE 21st CENTURY: ADVANCING PRACTICE THROUGH EDUCATION AND INNOVATION”, she inspired student nurses present at the symposium to focus on the next line of development of the nursing profession in the 21st century encouraging hard work and discipline in student innovation and collaboration with other health workers, she also encouraged student nurses to be patient and focused as it will help improve the nursing profession.
Immediately after the first lecture was the inauguration of the newly elected executive of NUNSA-LASU for the next administrative tenure to be led by Comrade Ayangbemi Taofeek. The second lecture started off immediately after the inauguration of the new executives, the lecture was on the sub theme “ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN NURSING”. Dr John showed over 60 opportunities in Nursing that could be exploited by student nurses and she dared the students to think outside the box.
The symposium which was the formal opening of the Maiden NUNSA week was brought to an end by goodwill messages that was given by the various guests present.
The symposium came to a close , with a vote of thanks, which was taken by Paul Jombo, chairman, symposium subcommittee
Nigerian OAP Launches volunteers platform
Nigerian On-Air-Personality, Eleso Moyosoreoluwa, popularly known as TalkingMo has launched a platform, Volunteer Hub Nigeria that seeks to connect volunteers with opportunities. The Volunteer Hub Nigeria was made public today, December 5, 2018 in commemoration of International Volunteer Day 2018.
Eleso Moyosoreoluwa who has been deeply involved in social development works through the act of volunteering, made it known that the platform will not only connect young people to volunteering opportunities but will also boost rapid response to calls for lending a hand for the actualization of sustainable development goals in Nigeria.
Speaking on the benefits of the platform, she added that the listing of volunteering, internship and even job openings by organizations, government parastatals and employers of labour would bridge the gap between volunteers, job seekers and organization as well as companies who seek their services. She added that people who volunteer and have it on their CVs are more likely to get jobs than those who do not volunteer.
Another On-Air-Personality, Temitope Ogunmokun known as Chocolate recounted her volunteering experience, noting that it contributes hugely to skills development and has helped people carve a niche for themselves in different aspects of the society and their profession. She further added that volunteering is not lip service but rather a call to genuine service to humanity.
“Volunteering has broadened my network of people”, says Olawunmi Omope, a student of History and International Studies, Lagos State University (LASU). She continued “I have gotten to meet people who have the same drive and passion towards education and we have been able to collaborate on a couple of projects, I have also had opportunities to meet people, who I would never have met on a level playing ground. Through volunteering, I have been able to get opportunities that I might not have had. She concluded by saying Volunteering is something everyone should get involved in.
Uzuegbu Faith Chidinma, a proud volunteer, shared her Volunteering story, she noted that volunteering has opened her eyes to a different sphere of life and it has heightened her passion for humanity and service. She added that the best part of volunteering is that you do not have to start with the ‘big’ events or platforms, You can make great impact in your immediate environment and there is no greater joy than knowing that someone is smiling because of you. She said “Right now, I want a future dedicated to helping humanity through volunteering”
While young people around the globe have continued to share their Volunteering stories more people need to get involved in volunteering and this new platform seeks to promote the act. You can visit www.volunteerhubng.com for more.
LASU becomes African Centre of Excellence
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.
‘VC’s words transformed our attitudes’ – Adeogun, Campus Marshall
A Lagos State University, LASU Campus Marshall, Sina Adeogun, in a statement said the words of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun has transformed LASU staff members.
This statement was made at his work post, Badagry main gate, Ojo campus. While describing the vice chancellor as a preacher of peace, Sina said his words has influenced the way students are dealt with, so as not to incite conflict.
Sina further asserted that anyone who is not properly dressed will be denied access to the key areas within the school premises.
Sounding a note of warning, he said all visitors must conform to the school’s rules and regulations.
LASU Student, OLAITAN JOHN OJELABI, shines at SCAD 2018, finishes second
final year Student of Lagos State University, Mr Ojelabi John Olaitan, has emerged the First Runner-Up at the 2018 SimmonsCooper Advocacy Development (SCAD) Award finals held yesterday, 3rd November, 2018 at The Lagoon Restaurant, Victoria Island.
One of LASU’s finest advocates, Ojelabi, achieved the feat after a stiff competition from other participants drawn from institutions across the country.
The SCAD competition is a biennial competition organised by SimmonsCooper Partners, a law firm founded by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Babatunde Irukera and Dapo Akinosun.
The competition affords young lawyers platform to express their thoughts and writing skills through advocacy.
The competition, which is the fourth edition, presented dispute scenario on Federalism, Anti-Trust Law, Administrative Law, Electricity Law, amongst other.
The 2018 competition had entries from 23 Universities across Nigeria, with about 108 entries in total, but only 10 individuals were shortlisted for the finals.
The judges included former Solicitor General of Lagos State, Mr Fola Arthur Worrey, lecturer of Electricity Law, Dr Yemi Oketunbi, Group Managing Director at Aiteo group, Dr Ransome Peanut and Hon. Justice Kudirat Abike of Lagos State High Court.
Dignitaries at the event included the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON, the NBA President, Mr. Paul Usoro SAN, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu SAN, amongst a host of others.
WE ARE LASU, WE ARE PROUD.
You are ‘Shakira’, don’t allow people call you ‘Shaki’ – Barrister Nyma Akashat
Few days ago, the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State University chapter (MSSN-LASU) started the 2018 Jihad week with a press conference, where media organizations like Lagos Television (LTV), LASU radio, LASUGONG, Excel minds and solacewrites were present. It has finally gotten to the last day of its activities, which is today, October 27, 2018 with the annual sisters seminar and a dinner night which will be rounding it all up later in the evening.
The 2018 annual sisters seminar, which is strictly meant to be attended by only Muslim sisters (Muslimah), featured distinguished personalities to educate Muslimahs on the topic “The Muslimah and her quota” they are; Barrister Nyma Akashat , a presenter on ‘Your View’ Television Continental (TVC); Firdaus Amasa, the lady who was denied Call to the Bar by the Nigerian Law School in December, 2017 over her insistence on wearing the Hijab; Professor(Mrs) Idowu (PHD), Lecturer in Accounting Department, Faculty of Management Science LASU; Khadijah Ebun, a media marketing consultant, copy writer, producer and a director; and so on.
Barrister Nyma Akashat, in her speech emphasized on being knowledgeable as a Muslimah, understanding your religion and the reason behind everything you do as a Muslimah. Being a Muslimah doesn’t only have to be about using the hijab, getting married but knowing how to stand up for yourself. There are Muslim sisters succeeding out there, they are not quite, they hold important post in the community and also serves as role model. She included in her words, understanding your identity with religion will make you proud everywhere, you are Shakira, don’t allow people call you ‘shaki’. You can be a doctor, banker, nurse as long as you take ownership of your identity.
The first Muslim sister that started as a copy writer in an advertising agency in Nigeria, Khadijah Ebun said what ever you want to do as a Muslim you must first accertain that it is for Allah’s sake, she also told the audience to hold on to the following questions: What do you intend to achieve?, Who are you?, Find a reason you want to be what you want to be?. She added that as a Muslimah, you must have standards and it is all about your quality as a person, also truth is truth, you don’t have to defend truth. An advice was given to Muslim sisters, especially LASU students by Professor Idowu, it was about being neat and presentable at all time, before deciding to get married, make sure he is responsible and you have something doing so that can also cater for yourself, do the right thing at the right time.
About being steadfast as a Muslimah, Firdaus Amasa said “You don’t need anything to bother you ones you believe in yourself and determine within yourself about what to do, it is all about standing firm and not transgressing”. She further buttressed her stand that, being firm as a Muslimah will make you authomatically a friend of Allah, you also tend to die peacefully, a good example is Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W), who was firm despite the fact that he was face with challenges, also the wife of Pharoah was firm even though she married a tyrant. It is pertinent to also note that sincerity matters a lot in whatever you do and to remain steadfast you have to keep good company.
More points were made by Khadija Ebun in an interview with LASUGONG correspondent, she said as a Muslim you have to know your why?, Whether you want to be a media practitioner or an entrepreneur, your aim should be to enter jannah. Honesty and integrity are values that you must hold on to now. If you cheat now, you will cheat when u start working. However, Barrister Akashat was also interviewed, she said “my greatest achievement is being a mother”, when she was asked about how she feels being the only Muslimah on ‘Your View’, she said it is more like an achievement and she would like to have more muslimah that understands Islam, who is also vocal, verbal, articulate and assertive on the show.
AMSOC: Important keys to righteous Media Practice
Association of Muslim Students, school of communication organizes her 2nd annual symposium on October 25,2018 at the school of communication new faculty building, Lagos State University Ojo
As at 10:30am,brother Yusuf Adam and sister Ileyemi Mariam — respectively 200level and 300level students of School of Communication, commenced the programme by giving the opening prayer which was immediately following by the recitation of a verse in the Qur’an by brother Akapo Muritador.
In attendance were: The Amir,Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) LASU. Guest speakers,Mr Jubril Folami — A presenter at Lagos State Television and the Lagos State Bureau chief and Ustadz Abdullah Davis. Also on seat was Dr Tunde Akanni and Mr Adeyemo Saheed — lecturers at the school of communication.
The first speaker, Mr Jubril Folami spoke on the topic: The key to righteous media practice. He mentioned that the first thing anyone wants to do in this life should be for the sake of Allah. He also gave the 4 key to righteous media practice as Intention, Determination, Dedication and Integrity.
Similarly he said that “whatever you want to in this life, your integrity matters a lot”. His speech was ended with questions for the students to ponder on,which are “why are you here?, In five years time where do you see yourself?, and what is the ultimate goal to achieve in your profession?”.
Lecturer, Dr Tunde Akanni buttressed on the Question asked by Mr jubril on where the students see themselves in the next five years, by saying “it is never too late to start thinking about possibilities for yourself in future”. Furthermore, the Amir, MSSN LASU, and Mr Adeyemo Saheed both gave their views on the same point.
In addition, the second speaker spoke on the topic vis-a-vis our physical and spiritual life. He further mentioned the keys to attaining a righteous life: knowledge, certainty, acceptance, submission, truthfulness, sincerity, love, denial and adhere. He finally ended his speech with the statement “everyone should have these nine keys”
Eventually,the programme was brought to an end by the anchor, Ileyemi Mariam with the recitation of Al-fathiah, which was immediately followed by the sharing of food and drinks.
The symposium ended at 2:41pm.
LASU spokesman: ASUU has no business with admission modalities
Ademola Adekoya, spokesman of the Lagos State University (LASU), says the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has no business with the admission modalities in the institution.
Adekoya said this in a telephone conversation with TheCable while reacting to the admission racketeering allegation raised by the union against top officials of the university7.
In a letter dated October 15, 2018, ASUU-LASU alleged that staff in the “highest offices within the university” are involved in the racketeering where names of applicants who scored below cut-off marks were injected into the admission list.
Adekoya, however, said there was no secrecy in the admission process as rules and regulations were followed in selecting applicants.
“Well, I have not seen the letter written by ASUU. What is the business of ASUU with the modalities for admission?” he asked.
“Is there any standard rule that ASUU should be part of the way admission is done? There is no secrecy. Admission is done based on the standard JAMB has recommended. We are complying with all the rules and regulations. Why is it only ASUU that is raising issues?
“Admission actually starts from departments to faculties and then to the central level. Departments were the ones that shortlisted students that were taken on merit and that has been submitted to the admission office for onward submission to JAMB, which has been done.
“There is also admission by discretion. It is done at the vice chancellor’s discretion. We have considered the policy of Lagos state that 70 per cent for indigenes and 30 per cent for non-indigenes and that has been complied with.
“If you go to JAMB, look for the criteria for how they do the admission. There’s catchment area which has been considered by the university.
“The discretion will be done by the vice chancellor. If the Lagos state government brings in a list, that will come as discretion and nobody can query the visitor. That doesn’t mean we admit applicants that are not qualified. So, I don’t know the secrecy they are talking about.”
MSSN-LASU holds 2018 Jihad week Press Conference
As part of the programmes structured within the confines of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State University (MSSN-LASU), The Jihad week programme was borne out of the need to express concerns over the well being and welfarism of the Muslim Students on campus. The central focus of the Jihad week is to propagate the pristine Islam and create awareness, said the president of MSSN-LASU, Mahfuz Alabidun on October, 2018 at the Jihad week press conference held at LASU main mosque.
Joining him on a panel of speakers were: Usman Abdul-Gafar Olawale, the Chairman of the 2018 Jihad Week; Majekodunmi Lateefah Olayinka, the present “Naibatul Amirah” of MSSN-LASU; and Kolawole Abdul-Lateef, the General Secretary of MSSN-LASU. However, the 2018 annual jihad week is the 34th of its kind happening on LASU campus, which has been tagged “the key” starts today 17 October, and ends on 28 October, 2018. Different activities has been set for these days, which includes the Special Jumah service, Football Competition, mind -breaking lectures, faculties symposia, external campus tour, sisters seminar and so on. These programmes has been designed to create awareness among Muslim Youths about the teachings and doctrines of Islam.
The President gave a brief concept of the theme “the key”, which explains simply that it is the key to attaining paradise which is found in the declaration that there is no God except Allah and Muhammad is the Messanger of Allah. The foundation of Islam, the beginning of faith, the source of virtues and the means of happiness in the here after are all embedded in this statement. The testimony of faith is the key to paradise, but every key has ridges which match the lock on the door or else it won’t open. Faith in Allah must be sincere, without compulsion or coercion and include two complimentary aspects: affirming worship for Allah alone and negating the worship of all other things.
When the floor was opened to questions, the president of MSSN-LASU was asked to give a clear definition of the word “Jihad” as some people strictly believe it means to fight, the president said is not just about fighting but striving in the cause of Allah, as this can be in different ways, it can be when learning as a student. He also answered that, finance is one of the challenges facing MSSN-LASU, when he was asked about the challenges.
Giving an overview of the planning and concept of the jihad week, the Chairman said “so far it has been interesting and hectic as well. We started planning last three months and we are finally here today. It has been interesting having to work with a lot of people, people with different like minds. Jihad is about striving towards to cause of Allah, the theme of this year’s Jihad Week, the Key is to teach students on how to attain the right key to academic excellence and to be successful in the hereafter”.
In addition to that, Majekodunmi Lateefah said “to be candid Jihad is not fight, the jihad week has been organised to give lectures about Islamic knowledge. For the fact that we claim to be Muslims, we must also possess good attitude and correct morals, in the society, we have so many sisters that lacks manners,they only put on hijab for disguise. Being a Muslim is beyond putting on hijab but portraying a good attitude and morals that people would see in you and appreciate your religion. This years sisters seminar has been organised to orientate Muslim sisters, the topic is “the Muslimah and her quota” and we have invited lecturers to lecture about being sincere and uplifted in your religion. The seminar has been slated to hold on October 27, 2018.
The General Secretary of MSSN-LASU in an interview with LASUGONG correspondent said “the essence of the jihad week is to preach Islam on campus and similarly to bring together the sign of brotherhood. We presently have the Amir’s challenge (football match) on going at the sport centre between Faculty of Art and the School of Communication (FAMSA VS AMSSOC). About the theme of this year’s jihad week, the basic key is the acceptance of Allah as one. There are quite a number of other principles of attaining this key, which includes, the belief in Allah, observing solat, charity, pilgrimage to Makkah, and so on. All these principles will be discussed in the formal opening on Sunday, October 21, 2018. I urge all sisters and brothers in Islam to participate in the jihad week programmes”.
LASU former DR, Okusanya is dead
Ina liLLahi wa ina ilayhi raji’un
Lagos State University Muslim Community, Ojo
With total submission to the will of almighty Allah announces the death of our beloved brethren Late Alhaji Kehinde Okusanya, former Deputy Registrar, Vice Chancellor’s Office.
Who answered the call of Allah this morning and shall be buried according to Islamic rites today as follows:
Date: Thursday, 11th October, 2018
Venue: Ijebu Imuwen, Ogun State.
Take off time: 11:00am
DR J.A. Oluwatoki