The Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello expressed the readiness and determination of the stateuniversity and her administration to partner the institution’s Alumni Association in the quest to make the university the best ivory tower in West Africa and Africa by extension.
This was as she appealed to the state Governor and Visitor to the university, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to assist the institution in addressing its power challenges by providing an Independent Power Source to the campus, increase the monthly subvention to enable the university to cater for other contingency needs, digitalisation of the entire operations of the university, as well as provision of Internet facility for the entire university campus.
The Vice-Chancellor made the call during the LASU Alumni Association 2021 Governor’s Lecture, which took place at Ojo Main Campus of the university. The annual lecture, organised by the LASU Alumni Association, was entitled: “Educational Leadership and Technology as Viable Options for Economic Recovery and Nationhood: The Experience of Lagos State.”
She, however, underscored the significance of alumni in the life of a university, saying the basic philosophy behind an alumni association is the development of a network for mutual support, as alumni association represents a significant and vocal constituency in the university community.
Besides, the Vice-Chancellor listed the roles of the alumni association to include supporting a network of former graduates who will, in turn, help to raise the profile of the university; participating actively in the institution’s developmental activities; helping to build and grow the institution’s brand; as well as providing mentoring, internship and career opportunities for young graduates; assisting in the admission of new students; offering of scholarship to potential students and supporting research development through institution of research grants.
“The contributions of the alumni association are among the factors considered in the ranking of a university,” Olatunji-Bello said, commending the Alumni Association for always ensuring that the LASU takes its rightful place among comity of universities.
“The association has consistently demonstrated its commitment to the development of this great university.
The institution of the Annual Governor’s Lecture is one of the giant strides taken by the LASU alumni to demonstrate its commitment to the course of the university. The LASU Alumni Association played a major role in restoring peace to the university,” she added.
To demonstrate the university’s commitment to this and align with the focus of the association, the Vice-Chancellor noted that her administration carefully anchored its vision on six strategic goals that align with the mandate of LASU Alumni Association.
These strategic goals, according to her, are to ensure that academic and professional programmes are and remain accredited by the relevant bodies; make the university a research, innovation and development hub for Lagos State and national development; ensure that infrastructural facilities are improved and readily available for seamless performance of administrative and academic duties; improve Internal Generation of Revenue (IGR) with the aim of achieving financial sustainability of the university; promote the welfare of all staff and students in the university; as well as promote participation in sports and recreational activities. She, therefore, described the theme of the lecture “as fitting at this critical time in our society as it aligns with our strategic goals.”
“The importance of quality leadership and technology cannot be underestimated. Indeed, technology plays a major role in shaping our lives, interactions and operations,” the Vice-Chancellor added.