-By James Michael Igiri
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday revealed plans by his administration to
build a 6000-bed hostel within the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo campus.
This, he said would be in partnership with private developer(s), and would be completed within a short time in order to facilitate, and improve on the learning experience in the institution.
Speaking at the 21st Convocation ceremony of LASU held at the University auditorium complex, Mr Ambode said government will continue to invest in infrastructure in tertiary institutions domiciled in the state- including LASU- to make them emerge as great citadels of learning and pride of all.
While commending the management and governing council of the institution for the professionalism with which the affairs of LASU had been piloted, Governor Ambode charged them to build on the ranking of the institution as the Best State University in Nigeria to become one of the best five universities in the country by 2020.
Earlier, LASU Chancellor And retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Adesola Oguntade, and Chairman of Governing Council of the Institution, Professor Adebayo Ninalowo, in their respective speeches, commended Governor Ambode for matching his words with action in terms of huge investment in infrastructure and academic excellence in the institution.
Also, Vice Chancellor of LASU, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun thanked the visitor for progressively implementing reforms in the institution, saying while management of LASU was not resting, it nonetheless can conveniently assert that graduates of the institution have been imbued with cutting-edge ethics and intellectual capabilities to contribute meaningfully to the society.
A total of 36,540 students graduated from various faculties and obtained certificates ranging from diploma, first degree and higher degrees. Honorary awards were also presented to some eminent Nigerians. They are former NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Peter Okebukola; foremost Industrialist, Sir (Otunba) Kensington Adebutu; and one of the richest black women in the world, Chief Mrs Folorunsho Alakija.
Source: Vanguard news online