Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwumi Amode has reiterated that his vision is to make the Lagos State University (LASU), the best university in Nigeria.
Ambode said this on Thursday during the 20th convocation ceremony of the University as well as the installation of the 4th Chancellor after the death of the former Chancellor, Chief Molade Thomas Okoya.
According to him, upon his assumption of office last year, he saw the urgent need to intervene In the crises ravaging the University then adding that he is happy to declare that sanity has been restored to the varsity.
He however called on all the staff unions to ensure that peace continues to reign in the University adding that he has asserted to the Bill amending the LASU Law by ensuring that henceforth, Professors will be retiring at the age of 70 while other staff both academic and non academic will retire at age 65 as well as five year single tenure for Vice Chancellors.
“Since assumption of office, this administration has embarked on massive restructuring of Lagos State University which is a conscious initiative of our administration to make LASU the best State University in Nigeria and overall best university in the nation”, he said.
The Lagos State helmsman also disclosed that his mission is to produce the next generation of leaders, innovators who will become employers of labour by initiating a capacity building initiative tagged Ready Set Work to enable successive students get linked to investors as well as the Lagos State Employment Funds.
“I want to at this point urge our employers of labour to accord LASU graduates best priority during recruitment process. We will also ensure that LASU students live on campus in order to ensure best practices”, he said.the newly installed Chancellor,
Newly installed Chancellor, Justice Adesola Oguntade said having fulfilled all other requirements what the University lacks is peace urging all staff unions to sheath their sword and be ready to pay sacrifice that will lead to a lasting peace in the 33-year-old ivory tower.
“We need peace after the storm, we all need to embrace peace if we must take LASU to that enviable height we all desire for it. To our graduating students, I have no doubt that you are promising great leaders and great ambassadors of this University so go out and represent LASU you can be proud of”, he said.
Representative of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Chiedu Mafiana, affirmed that this is a different LASU from the one that NUC used to know stressing that the achievements recorded by the Quality Assurance can be set as a standard for other universities to emulate.
He also appealed to the Lagos State government to make provision for students’ accommodation on campus in order to get full concentration of students on their study.
“Information available to us reveals that students tend to do less when they live off campus and also carry out less good practices when living off campus but when they are on campus, they concentrate more on their study” he said.