Poised to re-write its own thirty-five- year-old history, the Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo, Lagos, has completed all the scrutiny necessary to release a cream of 57 egg-head graduates with First Class honours degrees in various academic disciplines at its forthcoming 23rd convocation.
Speaking at a press briefing as part of the activities to mark the convocation to be held on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 at the University auditorium, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, LASU’s Vice-Chancellor said never in the history of LASU had the institution produced such a large number of First-Class students.
“The University, during this convocation activities will be graduating a total of 14,369 students comprising Diploma, First and Higher Degrees Graduands.
“…This year’s convocation ceremony is a very unique and special one.
” It is so because our world-class students in their habit of healthy rivalry to be the best at what they do, have pushed themselves so hard that at this year’s convocation we will be graduating 57 first class students.
“Never in the history of Lagos State University have we had it so good,” the Vice Chancellor stated.
Asides the briefing, Fagbohun said the ceremonies would commence on Friday, May 10 and run till Thursday, May 16.
Award of first degrees and Diploma in all Faculties holds on Wednesday, May 15; while award of Higher and Honorary Doctorate Degree holds on Thursday, May 16, the Vice-Chancellor said.
He also said Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President would deliver the convocation lecture “Africa Centres of Excellence In African Universities: A Veritable Catalyst For Nation Building and Development” on Thursday, May 16.
However, recounting the school’s achievements in the last one year, he said 37 academic programmes had been accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC), inauguration of the centre for Afro-Brazilian studies at the Faculty of Arts and continued engagement in ‘Ready Set Work’ in collaboration with the state government to enhance graduates employability amongst other achievements.
Meanwhile, the VC has hinted that Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has been chosen to deliver the keynote address at the LASU’s maiden Research Fair slated to hold later in the year, precisely, September 3, 2019.
Fagbohun made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the university’s 23rd Convocation news conference in Lagos.
According to the senior jurist, and academic administrator, the research fair which aims to pull all Nigerian universities to the Ojo Campus, will be the first of its kind ever to be organised by the institution.
Fagbohun said the thrust of the fair was to build a synergy between the academics and the industry towards a mutual and beneficial relationship.
Fagbohun also noted that all graduating students of the university had been very well drilled and made industry- absorbable in their respective academic and professional disciplines.
He said the “Ready, Set, Work’ Initiative” of the Lagos State Government for final year and penultimate students, had proved a veritable platform for developing employability and entrepreneurial skills of the institution’s students.
“In the course of the programme, they have been exposed to employers of labour, interacted with them, such that some of the students were offered employment even before they graduated,” he said.
According to him, the university has also set up the “LASU Career Development Centre” where students are admitted, registered and are continually trained on how to prepare a Curriculum Vitae and face interviewers.
He said the students were also guided by guidance counsellors who man the unit on the professional bodies and association they could join as students or upon graduation.
“The platform, which is a continuous process, was launched sometimes last year and has been doing very well.
“It helps student who are confused and who do not know what to do, or how to find their bearing in life and,” he said.
The vice-chancellor revealed that the university had also established a Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, where students were trained and co-opted for production of essential products.
“Like the water we are going to use for the upcoming convocation is being packaged by the students.
“We have already imparted into them the idea of self-reliance, seeking to start their own business and also to be employers of labour.
“This will enable them contribute effectively to the Nigeria enterprise,” he said.