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LASU Crisis Over – Ambode

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 7:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Oyeniran Apata


Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State governor, at the 20th convocation of the Lagos State University (LASU) has stated that the crisis that had rocked pursuit of academic learning and peace at the institution are forever over.

Elated at the outcome of deliberate moves to make peace reign supreme at the institution, the governor added that conscious initiative by his administration at ensuring an enduring peace and re positioning the University are already yielding positive results.

He said with the recent ranking of the institution as the best State University in Nigeria and the 11th overall best public university in the country, he would continue to do everything to make the institution the preferred university of excellence in research and human capacity building in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.

Governor Ambode added that his vision was for the citadel of learning to produce the next generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who will not be looking for employment but be job creators and employers of labour.

To this end and considering the current unemployment statistics, the governor said his administration has proactively instituted a programme that will enable fresh graduates become job creators rather than job seekers.

He said: “This capacity building initiative tagged “Ready, Set, Work” is targeted at final year students in Lagos State Tertiary Institutions.

This programme will enable successful students get internship placements in high ranking corporate organisations arranged by us.

“At the end of the programme, those with best business ideas will get linked to major investors and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund.”

While encouraging the final year students of tertiary institutions in the state to avail themselves of the opportunity, Ambode said his administration will keep on supporting the Governing Council, management and students of the university.

He also assured that the government would not rest on its oars in doing all that is required to achieve its vision of transforming LASU and indeed other academic institutions in the state.

While recalling measures put in place by his administration upon assumption of office to ensure enduring peace and development at the institution, Ambode said he assented to a bill amending the Lagos State University Law on 5th January, 2016; increased the monthly subvention to the university and also embarked on massive infrastructural development at the Ojo Campus.

Among ongoing projects at the institution that is now a construction yard included the re-laying of all the roads on campus and lighting up of the Campus, while work is currently ongoing on LASU Senate Building, Main Library, Staff Quarters and the rehabilitation of LASU Waterworks, Ojo.

Earlier, Ambode commissioned the new Faculty of Science Complex and the Faculty of Law Twin Lecture Theatre and the LASU Radio donated by a businessman and philanthropist, Chief Adebutu Kessington.

Ambode, who expressed optimism that the projects would be completed by next year, however urged the staff and students of the university to build on the efforts of his administration by being alive to their responsibilities and show commitment to serving their fatherland.

Ambode further assured that the state government would give top priority to LASU graduates for employment opportunities.

The governor, who also inaugurated Retired Justice Adeshola Oguntade as the Chancellor of the institution, commended the Governing Council and management of the University for their Selfless Service towards remodeling the future of the state on the path of further greatness.