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Ready Set Work debases Mediocrity and tackles unemployment



It is no news that gaining employment is a game of great struggle as graduates are produced on a yearly basis. An initiative envisioned by the Lagos State government for undergraduates to be employable and be employers of labour have created an euphoria among final year students across eight institutions in Lagos State for the 13 weeks program.

Ready set work 3.0 which is the third of its kind have aroused the participation of over 5000 students from various institutions in Lagos State at the designated centres for this year which are LASU Ojo Campus, LASPOTECH Ikorodu, and UNILAG, Akoka.

This initiative strives to produce capable graduates in all spheres required for success in the labour market. Practical solutions are dished out to prevent repetitive cries of unemployment. It also embraces entrepreneurship as the government is ready to fund students with mind blowing business ideas. Students are trained by facilitators which consists of a screened volunteer faculty of professionals from various sectors in the economy who have chosen to train, mentor, and impact positively on the next generation.

The large turn out by students did not act as an hindrance for effective participation and contribution by every student, as Ready Set Work Participants are splited into classes managed by a facilitator.

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We hear it directly from the horse’s mouth in an interview with some Ready Set Work participants at the LASU center, as they talk about Ready Set Work and share their experiences.

“RSW is about preparing undergraduates in their final year for employability and entrepreneurship. It teaches you to be a better person at your place of work, emotional intelligence, skills, problem solving, how to develop a good CV and cover letter. My best moment was a session on emotional intelligence. This is an opportunity and opportunity comes but one, and for as many that will be opened to this opportunity in the future, please make good use of it” said Oluwa femi Afunsho (LASU )

“It’s been wonderful in RSW, the facilitators have taken care of us, improved us, so that we can go to the labor market and present ourselves better and have an upper hand in our field of study. The facilitators were able to get in touch with us, to know the areas we are lacking and the potentials we need to build on” said Bakare Sodiq (YABATECH)

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“RSW is fun, beyond anything, the value is added and it’s priceless. You have an edge over other graduates, except they have also had this kind of opportunity. You learn to work with people,and also how to work under pressure, manage people’s personality and create a balance in the world of works .In addition, a mock interview was conducted, it was a practical session in preparation for a real interview, and it was wonderful.” -IDOWU MARY (LASU).

Gathering from the participant’s experiences,it can be said that Ready Set Work is tackling mediocrity and unemployment. On September 30, opportunities were given to students to have an interview with various companies of their choice at UNILAG. if the requirements and standards are met, they will get to intern with such company for a year, and who knows a permanent job might be earned.

Hats off to the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and to the special adviser to the governor on education. Mr Obafela Bank Olemoh who have proven to be game changers, bringing forth rays of hope to undergraduates in Lagos State.


BREAKING: ASUU suspends strike, asks lecturers to resume Friday



The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday suspended its three-month strike following an agreement it reached with the Federal Government.

According to reports, lecturers have also been asked to resume on Friday.

The information was contained on ASUU’s Twitter handle, @ASUUNGR on Thursday evening.

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Lagos State University students win scholarship award



Two Lagos State University students have won the Mamman Marshal Scholarship for Women in Journalism 2019 (MMSWJ). Ace broadcaster and journalist, Kadaria Ahmed announced this on her Twitter handle on Monday.

“The recipients of the 2019 Mamman Marshal Scholarship for Women in Journalism (MMSWJ) are Bayero University Kano- Bilikisu Kabiru, Hauwa Suleiman, Vitoria Ochene, LagosStateUniversity- Toyin Johnson, Mariam IIeyemi, University Of Uyo- Essein Mmyenne”, she wrote.

The scholarship award seeks to support female undergraduates studying media courses in three universities in Nigeria.

According to Mrs Ahamed, who was the Managing Editor of the defunct Next Newspapers, in a previous post, said that the scholarship “covers tuition, accommodation and pays a small stipend for the duration of their degree” at their various tertiary institutions.

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LASUCOM students selected for Arts in Medicine Fellowship 2019



Two students of Lagos State University, College of Medicine (LASUCOM) has been selected for the 2019 Arts in Medicine Fellowship on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Inaugural ceremony held at Sickle cell Foundation, Lagos.

The students are Faweya Benny Oluwaseun; a 400 level Medical student, and Odu Abiodun; a 500 level Dental student of LASUCOM.

The Arts in Medicine Fellowship, which is a multidisciplinary field which seeks to transform the health care through arts was founded by Mr Kunle Adewale, the CEO/Creative Director Tender Arts Nigeria.

Members of the fellowship are doctors, nurses, dentists, occupational therapists, clinical pychologists, dancers, musicians, story tellers, writers, poets and painters and other clinicians, from Lagos, Abeokuta and Ibadan.

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In attendance at the Inaugural ceremony, themed: The Future of Health through the Lens of Arts, are Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro; Founder Mitimeth, Dr. Moshudat Bello-Majeed.

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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

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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
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”

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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


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The babbler is an accomplished educationist




“What does this babbler want to say?” is the title of the 68th Inaugural lecture, which was held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Lagos State University main auditorium. The lecture was delivered by the babbler himself, Professor Adeleke Adelekan Fakoya, who is a Professor of Applied Linguistics, Educational Sociolinguistics and Cyber Discourse, Faculty of Arts.

Inaugural lectures provides newly appointed professors with the opportunity to inform about their work to date, including current research and future plans. However, Professor Adeleke, who is also the first indigenous professor of English, Faculty of Arts, LASU, delivered the 68th Inaugural lecture with the aim of shedding more light on the wrong dissemination of information especially the misprononciation of words and wrong usage of words, an example is to say ‘upstanding’ instead of ‘stand up’, ‘omniscience’ instead of ‘omniscient’, ‘complimentary card’ instead of ‘business card’ etc. A compilation of some of his writings was distributed to the audience and in that compilation, Professor Adeleke said we will find out that the babbler is also an accomplished humorist, lyricists and an educationist.

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The crucial meaning of the 68th Inaugural lecture is to suggest ways to avoid ‘babbling’ and the solutions, which includes: the Governments should employ qualified personnel in the training of teachers, journalists should try become model users of English language by listening to native speaker radio or television stations, students should read novels written by model users of English and non teaching staff should try to speak and write better English for better letters, memorable memos and meaningful minutes.

Present at the inaugural lecture is LASU Vice Chancellor, Professor Lanre Fagbohun; the University Registrar, Bursar, acting University Librarian, deans of faculties, the rector, senior staffs, academic and non academic staffs, members of the Senate, Press, Centre for Information Press and Public Relations (CIPPR), guests from Obafemi Awolowo University, Convenant University, Ogun State and Oyo state, and the students of LASU.

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How to improve your academic performance



Humans, are said to be the product of what we choose to be in life. Before changes can be achieved, self-determination, positivism and taking action must be exhibited.

It’s not enough as students to aim high or dream big academically but also to check if you have what it takes to get the desired result.

Just like a camera captures our exact postures, our various levels of seriousness and attitude towards greatness can be measured through our academic performance, and as students from various fields of study we should know that not performing to our expectation means our effort is not enough so we need to work harder.

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It’s of no doubt that doing the right thing brings about positive result ,so as students,  there are some basics things that needs to be done to enhance our academic performance , they include:

  • Attending lectures frequently,
  • Doing all assignment and submitting when due,
  • Participating in class activities,
  • Making friends with those better than you academically.
  • Visiting the library and not always depending on class notes alone
  • Always reading ahead of class to clarify things not clear enough.
  • Killing the reading only when exam comes syndrome
  • Believing in yourself.

As we all know if we fail to plan then we are planning to fail, if we dont take the necessary steps now, tomorrow might be late, so let’s set our goals and plans right.

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In a nutshell, in a bid to ensure academic excellence as lasuites,  we need to rise from our bed and do the needful to achieve all we ever dream of as world class students of this great institution.

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AIRPERMS holds first edition of the Human Resources Summit




The first edition of the Human Resources Summit, held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Lagos State University (LASU) main auditorium, is an initiative of the Association of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management Students (AIRPERMS), Faculty of Management Sciences. The summit tagged “The future world of work: Guiding our journey”, was designed for collaborative interaction between professionals to share experiences, create awareness, enlighten and educate participants on the world of work, skills and knowledge needed to build a sterling career. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Lanre Fagbohun (SAN) was represented by Dr Femi Obayori, the Dean Student Affairs, who presented the opening remarks.

The first keynote speaker, Mr Afolabi Abiodun, Founder and CEO, SB Telecoms and Devices Limited said “the energy and zeal in you will take you to the next level. What has helped me from Secondary School is the spirit of relearning, learning and unlearning. Education is important as well as the ability to communicate by sharing your stories and asking questions. Identify and understand what you are good at”. The former Vice Chancellor of Joseph Babalola University, Professor Sola Fajana, the second keynote speaker was represented by Dr Tunde Elegbe, spoke on The right education for the future world of work”, explained that to bridge the gap between industries and colleges, there should be an introduction of practicals through case studies, stimulations, seminar and symposium.

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After the keynote address was the panelist session, moderated by Ibrahim Owolabi. A session where professionals shed more light on the future world of work and enlightened participants about expected behaviors as students or workers. The future belongs to those who are always ready to learn and combined with creativity because it is about what you do with yourself beyond your certificate. The panelists are Mr Samuel Akinlotan, Mrs Ibidunni Ladejobi, Mr Biola Bakare, Mrs Ihuoma Onyerugha represented by Mr Olayemi Fayemi, Mrs Stella Obialor represented by Miss Abolade Sote, and Dr Segun Oshinowo. Also in attendance is Professor Babatunde R. Yusuf, the Dean of Faculty of Management Science, academic and non academic staffs, and participants from UNILAG, LASPOTECH, LASU, Crownford University, and Olabisi Onabanjo University(OOU).

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In an interview with the President of AIRPERMS, Kolawole Samuel said “The issue has been how to expose students to what the world of work entails, to take them beyond the four walls of the University and let them know that it’s important to identify personal skills that will help them have a sterling career, and of course expect the 2nd edition of this summit.”, the Chairman of the programme committee, Oludemilade David Abayomi also said “we thank God for the success of this event, despite the challenges of finance, we scaled through. Special thanks to our sponsors, especially SB Telecoms, the Chartered Institute of Personal Management and all our media sponsors, Television Continental (TVC), LASU Memes and so on”. The president gave the vote of thanks by appreciating everyone behind the success of the summit and participants from within and outside LASU.

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First Nigerian professors across various disciplines




1. First Nigerian Professor of History ~ Prof Kenneth Dike (From Awka, Anambra).
2. First Nigerian Professor of Philosophy ~ Prof Olubi Sodipo (From Ilishan-Remo, Ogun state).
3. First Nigerian Professor of Linguistic ~ Prof Ayo Bamgbose (From Ogun State).
4. First Nigerian Professor of French Language ~ Prof Evans.
5. First Nigerian Professor of Arabic language and Islamic studies ~ Prof M.O.A Abdul (Ijebu Ode, Ogun State).
6. First Nigerian Professor of Yoruba and African Literature ~ Prof Wande Abimbola (From Oyo, Oyo State).
7. First Nigerian Professor of Music ~ Prof. Lazarus Ekwueme (From Oko, Anambra state).
8. First Nigerian Professor of Theatre and Arts ~ Prof Joel Adeyinka Adedeji (Esa Oke, Osun State).
9. First Professor of Mass Communication in Nigeria ~ Prof Alfred Opubor (Nigerian-Cotonou).
10. First Nigerian Professor of Library and Information Science ~ Prof Mrs Adetoun Ogunsheye.
11. First Nigerian Professor of Education ~ Prof. Aliu Babatunde ‘Babs’ Fafunwa (Isale Eko, Lagos State).
12. First Nigerian Professor of Physical Education ~ Prof. M. Oluwafemi Ajisafe (Ekiti State).
13. First Nigerian Professor of Tests and Measurement ~ Prof. Dibu Ojerinde (Igboho, Oyo State).
14. First Nigerian Professor of Law ~ Prof Teslim Olawale Elias (Lagos State)
15. First Nigerian Professor of Agriculture ~ Prof. Victor Adenuga Oyenuga (Ijebu Ife, Ogun state).
16. First Nigerian Professor of Animal Science ~ Prof. Gabriel. M. Babatunde (Afijio, Oyo State).
17. First Nigeria Professor of Forestry ~ Professor Kolade Adeyoju (Ijan-Ekiti, Ekiti State).
18. First Nigerian professor of clinical pharmacy ~ Prof. Nzebunwa Aguwa (Eke-Nguru, IMO State).
19. First Nigerian Professor of Medicine ~ Prof. Theophilus Ogunlesi (Sagamu, Ogun State).
20. First Nigerian Professor of Nursing ~ Prof (Mrs). Elfrida. O. Adebo (Abeokuta, Ogun State).
21. First Nigerian Professor of Physiotherapy ~ Prof. Vincent C. B. Nwuga (Asaba, Delta State).
22. First Nigerian Professor of Anatomy ~ Prof. Thomas Adesanya Grillo (Lagos State).
23. First Nigerian Professor of Physiology ~ HRH Prof. Joseph Chike Edozien (Asaba, Delta State).
24. First Nigerian Professor of psychiatry ~ Prof. Thomas Adeoye Lambo (Abeokuta, Ogun State).
25. First Nigerian Professor of public health ~ Prof. Oladele Ajose (Lagos state).
26. First Nigerian Professor of Nutrition ~ Prof Babatunde Oguntona.
27. First Nigerian Professor of Paediatrics ~ Prof Olikoye Ransome-Kuti (Abeokuta, Ogun State).
28. First Nigerian Professor of Botany ~ Prof. Eni Njoku (Ohafia, Abia State).
29. First Nigerian Professor of Physics ~ Prof. Muyiwa Awe (Esie, Kwara State).
30. First Nigerian Professor of statistics ~ Prof. Nwoue Adichie “Chinamada’s dad (Abba, Anambra).
31. First Nigerian Professor of Mathematics ~ Prof. Chike Obi (Anambra State).
32. First Nigerian Professor of Geology ~ Prof. Mosobolaje O. Oyawoye (Offa, Kwara State).
33. First Nigerian Professor of Computer Science ~ Prof. Olu Longe.
34. First Nigerian Professor of Chemistry ~ Prof. Stephen Oluwole Awokoya (Awa-Ijebu, Ogun state).
35. First Nigerian Professor of Architecture ~ Prof. Ekundayo Adeyemi (Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State).
36. First Nigerian Professor of Urban and Regional Planning ~ Prof. Adepoju Onibokun (Iwoye-Ijesha, Osun State).
37. First Nigerian Professor of Estate Management ~ Prof. John. A. Umeh (Nnobi, Anambra State).
38. First Nigerian Professor of Accounting ~ Prof. Micheal A. Adeyemo (Irun-Akoko, Ondo State)
39. First Nigerian Professor of Marketing ~ Prof. Julius Onuorah Onah (Orba, Enugu State).
40. First Nigerian Professor of Insurance ~ Prof. Joseph. O. Irukwu (Eteem, Abia State).
41. First Nigerian Professor of Chemical Engineering ~ Prof. Sikiru A. Sanni (Ibadan, Oyo State).
42. First Nigerian Professor of Industrial Engineering ~ Prof. David. E. Osifo (Benin-city, Edo State).
43. First Nigerian Professor of Civil Engineering ~ Prof. Ifedayo O. Oladapo (Ondo, Ondo State).
44. First Nigerian Professor of Petroleum Engineering ~ Prof. Gabriel Kayode Falade
45. First Nigerian Professor of Mining Engineering ~ Prof. Zacheus Opafunso (Ede, Osun State).
46. First Nigerian Professor of Public Health Engineering ~ Prof. Paul Aibinuola Oluwande.
47. First Nigerian Professor of Geography ~ Prof. Akin Mobogunje (Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State)
48. First Nigerian Professor of Psychology ~ Prof. Dennis Ugwuegbu (Orlu, Imo State).

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FEMALE FIRSTS: First Female Academicians ~ Aim of collecting this is to promote girl child Education.

1. First Nigerian Female Professor ever ~ Prof. (Mrs) Felicia Adetoun Ogunsheye.

2. First Nigerian Female Professor of Law ~ Prof (Mrs) Jadesola Olayinka Akande.

3. First Nigerian Female Professor of History ~ Prof. (Mrs) Bolanle Awe.

4. First Nigerian Female Professor of Pharmacy ~ Prof. (Mrs) Babalola Chinedum Peace.

5. First Nigerian Female Professor of Psychiatry ~ Prof. (Mrs) Olayinka Omigbodun.

6. First Nigerian Female Professor of Mass Communication ~ Prof. (Mrs) Chinyere Stella Okunna.

7. First Female Physics Professor in Africa ~ Prof. (Mrs) Deborah Ajakaye.

8. First Female Professor of Chemistry in Nigeria ~ Prof. (Mrs) Modupe Ogunlesi.

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9. First Nigerian Female Professor of Quantity Surveying in Africa ~ Prof Olubola Babalola.

10. First female Nigerian Professor of Accounting ~ Prof. Jane Ande.

11. First Female professor of physiotherapy in Africa ~ Prof. Arinola O. Sanya.

12. First Female Professor of Computer Science ~ Prof Adenike Osofisan.

13. First female professor of Chemical Engineering in Nigeria ~Professor (Mrs) P.K. Igbokwe

14. First Nigerian Female Professor of Mathematics Education ~ Prof. (Mrs). Grace Allele-Williams.

15. First Female Professor of Animal Breeding & Genetics in Nigeria~Prof. Adebambo Ayoka.O. Ayoka-Olufunmilayo

16. First Female Professor of Yoruba Studies in the world ~ Prof. (Mrs). Omotayo Olutoye

17. First Female Professor of Agriculture in Nigeria and First Female Professor of Agricultural Economics in Africa ~ Professor (Mrs) Tomilayo O. Adekanye.

18. First Nigerian Female Professor of Urban and Regional Planning ~ Prof. (Mrs). Ogbazi Joy Ukamaka.


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LASU wins LIVDC 2018



Lagos State University wins the Lagos Inter Varsity Debate Competition (LIVDC), carting home the sum of ₦100,000.

The event which was graced by the vice chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun,had eight  8 schools in participation as LASU emerges winner amongst all, having Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB) come 2nd and University of Ibadan as 3rd position carting away with ₦70,000 and ₦50,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, the LASU debators who wore the crown were Hezekiah Tiamiyu, Gbolahan Veracruz, Uzuegbu Faith, Lawal Ademola, also the best speaker of the debate emerged from LASU in person of Hezekiah Tiamiyu as LASU and University of Ibadan wins the essay competition.

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Certificate of participation were presented to the speakers of the eight schools who made it to the grand finale; Lagos State University LASU, University of Ibadan(UI), federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta(FUNAAB), Nnmadi Azikwe University (UNIZIK), University of Benin(UNIBEN), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Osun State University (UNIOSUN)

At the event was Lagos State governor’s chief of staff; Samuel Olukunle Ojo, who represented the governor,and was welcomed by the vice chancellor, also in attendance were the dean of students affairs; Dr Obayori and other members of the management team.
To show gratitude, awards were presented by the students union president, Olalere Samgrin and his entire team to the chief of staff, Olukunle Ojo, as well as to the vice chancellor Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun congratulating him on his investiture as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN).

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