We Have Changed The Fortunes Of LASU

We Have Changed The Fortunes Of LASU

…As Ex-Ghanaian President, Mahama Urges African Universities To Embrace Technology

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned the new Senate Building of Lagos State University (LASU), expressing optimism that the ultra-modern edifice would go a long way in enhancing academic activities and positively changing the landscape of the institution.

Osinbajo, who delivered the 23rd Convocation Lecture of the university before inaugurating the Senate Building, also said time had come for African countries to invest more in education to lift the people of the continent out of poverty.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with former President of Ghana and Chairman, convocation lecture, Mr. John Mahama (left) and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (middle) during the 23rd Convocation of Lagos State University (LASU) and commissioning of the new Senate Building at the University Campus, Ojo, on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Speaking on the theme: “Africa Centres of Excellence in African Universities: A Veritable Catalyst for Nation Building and Development,” the Vice President also said that time had come for universities in Africa to be at the fore front of building research and collaboration to find lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the continent.     

“So what do we need to do to convert our country to the greatest Centre for innovation and creativity in the world? Three things: number one education, number two education and number three education. The truth is that education is the most powerful force for socio economic change in the world. The UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report and the Education Commission’s Learning Generation Report provides important evidence on the impact of education on individual’s earnings and economic growth”, Osinbajo said.

While expressing Federal Government‘s commitment to continue to collaborate with the Universities to play up education of the people, Osinbajo said this has become imperative owing to the fact that education remains the most important force to global change.

The newly commissioned Senate Building, Lagos State University, Ojo on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

He said through improvement in learning and quality education, Nigerians could be lifted from abject poverty, just as he also emphasized the need for more premium to be placed on girls’ education.

Speaking earlier, Former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, who chaired the Convocation Lecture, urged African universities to move away from the colonial system of education and focus on science and technology to engender growth and development of the continent.

He said universities must provide visionary leadership and have academic autonomy, while political institutions must also avoid interference with the running of academic institutions.

He said for African universities to set the tone as African centres of excellence, there must be adequate funding, while they must also collaborate with each other in terms of multiple campuses for different specializations in different countries.

“African universities can help bridge the gap created in African countries by focusing on science, technology and innovation which can be the catalysts for the development of Africa,” Mahama said.

On his part, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying to note that LASU was now well-positioned to be among Nigeria’s leading universities and a proper citadel of learning and character development.

Recalling some of the challenges the university was contending with in 2015 when his administration came on board such as backlog of unreleased results, low government subvention, infrastructure deficit, incessant industrial and student conflicts, among others, Governor Ambode said on assumption of office he immediately embarked on some reforms which today turned the story of the university around for good.

He said aside from amending the laws of the university and embarking on massive upgrade of infrastructure, the government also selected individuals with experience, dedication and a track record of remarkable leadership to lead the Governing Council, adding that the development changed the narrative of the University.

“Today, there is an atmosphere of peace and industrial harmony in LASU. The backlog of results have been cleared and our students are graduating every year; stepping out in flying colours, armed with qualifications, character and ideas to change the world. 

“Our government increased the subvention for LASU and also amended the laws governing the Institution especially regarding the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor and making LASU a residential institution.

“We have embarked on an extensive infrastructural development which has entailed upgrading the network of roads within the institution and installation of street lights. In line with our efforts to transform LASU, our Government embarked on various projects to add to the infrastructural landscape of the University: The new Senate Building we are commissioning today; a project started by my predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN); A new Students Arcade, An Ultra-Modern Central Library, The New Faculty of Management Sciences Building, and LASU Homes,” he said.

He said the Students’ Arcade which was at 75 per cent completion stage had already been fully paid for, while work on the Central Library was at 60 per cent completion stage and would be completed by the end of the year, as well as the new Faculty of Management Sciences and construction of 3 prototype blocks of Lagos Homs Apartments at the LASU staff quarters.

Also, the Governor said it was equally gratifying to note that 6000 bed student hostel initiated by his administration was on course to be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP), while other initiatives have been implemented in the education sector, including the Ready.Set.Work project.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the education of our youths is imperative. It will shape the future of our nation. As the State’s Number 1 tertiary institution, we have tried to give LASU the right attention it deserves. This is one of the reasons why I made it a point of duty to attend all the Convocation Ceremonies of this institution since we came into office in 2015.

“Asides what we have done in LASU, we have initiated programmes to prepare our youths for the challenges of this era; to enable them have a good mix of theoretical and practical knowledge to fit into life after school. One of such programmes is the ‘Ready, Set, Work’ Initiative for all final year students of Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State.

“Three years down the line, the ‘Ready Set Work’ initiative is already yielding the positive results we desired, with over 30,000 students trained through the face-to-face and online academy. Over 3,000 students have gotten internship placements with leading corporate organizations and the enthusiasm of our students to be part of this programme has grown from year to year. I am very confident today that our youths and graduates are ready for work and ready for innovation,” the Governor said.

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The 23rd Convocation Ceremony Of Lagos State University

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The 23rd Convocation Ceremony Of Lagos State University

Protocols

It is always a pleasure to come to this great Institution, the Lagos State University. This will be my last visit in my capacity as the Visitor of this Institution and it has been an honour to be your Visitor.

On behalf of the good people of Lagos, I welcome and thank the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN and the former President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, Mr. John Dramani Mahama for honouring the invitation of the Lagos State University to be here today.

In 2015, one of our targets in education was to reposition the Lagos State University as a proper citadel of learning and character development. At that time, this institution was facing a number of challenges which interfered with the quality of education delivered.

Our LASU had a backlog of unreleased results, the subvention by government was no longer sufficient, the infrastructure needed serious rehabilitation and there were incessant industrial and student conflicts.

We were determined to put an end to all these because we believe that LASU is well positioned to be one of the leading educational institutions in Nigeria.

This vision led to the re-composition of the University Governing Council. We selected individuals with experience, dedication and a track record of remarkable leadership. This deliberate action to change the narrative of the University also led to the emergence of the dynamic management that the University currently enjoys. 

Today, there is an atmosphere of peace and industrial harmony in LASU. The backlog of results have been cleared and our students are graduating every year; stepping out in flying colours, armed with qualifications, character and ideas to change the world.

Our government increased the subvention for LASU and also amended the laws governing the Institution especially regarding the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor and making LASU a residential institution. We have embarked on an extensive infrastructural development which has entailed upgrading the network of roads within the institution and installation of street lights.

In line with our efforts to transform LASU, our Government embarked on various projects to add to the infrastructural landscape of the University:

  1. The new Senate Building we are commissioning today; a project started by my predecessor, Mr. Babjide Raji Fashola (SAN)
  2. A new Students Arcade
  3. An Ultra-Modern Central Library
  4. The New Faculty of Management Sciences Building, and
  5. LASU Homes.

The Students’ Arcade is 75% complete and has been fully paid for. The progress of work on the Central Library is at 60% and we expect the project to be completed by the end of the year. The same can be said for the new Faculty of Management Sciences with the work at 50% completion.

The construction of 3 prototype blocks of Lagos Homs Apartments at the LASU staff quarters is nearing completion with work at about 70%. These apartments which are targeted at staff of the University should be completed in seven months.

We have commenced the process of providing a 6000 bed student hostel for our students through a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

A lot of work has been done here but there is still a lot more to be done and I am confident that the next administration will accord this institution the same priority.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the education of our youths is imperative. It will shape the future of our nation. As the State’s Number 1 tertiary institution, we have tried to give LASU the right attention it deserves. This is one of the reasons why I made it a point of duty to attend all the Convocation Ceremonies of this institution since we came into office in 2015.

Aside what we have done in LASU, we have initiated programmes to prepare our youths for the challenges of this era; to enable them have a good mix of theoretical and practical knowledge to fit into life after school. One of such programmes is the ‘Ready, Set, Work’ Initiative for all final year students of Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State.

Three years down the line, the ‘Ready Set Work’ initiative is already yielding the positive results we desired, with over 30,000 students trained through the face-to-face and online academy. Over 3,000 students have gotten internship placements with leading corporate organizations and the enthusiasm of our students to be part of this programme has grown from year to year.

I am very confident today that our youths and graduates are ready for work and ready for innovation. Looking at our graduates today, I can see the sparkle in their eyes and energy to face the world.

I congratulate and thank the Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor and other members of the Governing Council and the University Management on another convocation. You have discharged your duties diligently and taken our University to new heights. The Lagos State University is the better and gradually gravitating towards becoming the reference point in Nigeria and I am sure the Alumni and current students are grateful for all you have done.

In conclusion, I congratulate the graduands of today, their parents/guardians, family and friends.

The world out there is highly competitive and you will face challenges. The good news is that this Institution has equipped you to surmount these challenges.

Your respective families look up to you; your alma mater looks up to you; and the larger society looks up to you too. Do not disappoint us. Go out there and change the world.

Thank you and God bless you.

Itesiwaju ipinle eko lo je wa logun!      

His Excellency 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

16 MAY, 2019.

Governor Ambode Flags Off Construction Of Egan-Ayobo Link Bridge

Governor Ambode Flags Off Construction Of Egan-Ayobo Link Bridge

Commissions Agric Access Road, Egan, Lagos Theatre, Igando

… Igando Monarch, Residents Laud Gov, Say Projects Have Transformed Axis

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yet again on Wednesday commissioned the Agric Access Road, Egan in Igando Ikotun Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and the Lagos Theatre in Igando as he gets set to exit office, saying that his administration has succeeded in its quest to transform the infrastructural landscape of the State with massive construction of critical roads and bridges.

The Governor, who also flagged off the construction of a link bridge connecting Egan and Ayobo communities, said he was fulfilled that his administration had delivered on its promise to run a government of inclusion that would leave no resident and area of the State behind.

“When our administration came into office, one of our cardinal promises was a government of inclusion. We committed to a government where nobody, community or people will be left behind. As a result we were determined to address the challenges of gross infrastructural deficit, flooding and erosion which the people around this senatorial district have lived with for some time now.

“I am very pleased and fulfilled to see that our commitment to make our State globally competitive and radically change our infrastructural profile to one that befits a contemporary smart city has been successful with the massive construction of roads and bridges we have undertaken in the last four years. We not only prioritized renewal and development of road infrastructure but we have done so using an all-inclusive approach that has touched rural and urban areas in the State,” he said.

He said that in constructing the Agric Access Road, the State Government took cognizance of the need to make commuting stress-free for pedestrians and motorists with wider roads and walkways, tackling flooding by providing adequate and covered drains, and street lights that would guarantee added safety and security for all road users.

The Governor expressed optimism that the roads constructed along the corridor would go a long way to create direct and indirect employment, increase connectivity and increase economic activity in the community and its environs.

“The unveiling of Agric Road Bamidele Kasali/Dosu Ekunrin Road today is a testimony to our passion to make our people happier, our roads better and our State safer. By this action, we are providing critical and needed infrastructure as well as reciprocating the support our government has enjoyed from this constituency in the last four years,” he said.

While imploring community, religious leaders and the people of Igando/Ikotun to guard the infrastructure jealously, he thanked Lagosians for their support and prayers, particularly in the discharge of their civic responsibility through payment of taxes.

“I believe strongly that our State is on a positive growth trajectory and I urge you to give the next administration the same unflinching support you gave us as we work together in transforming our State to the “Lagos of Our Dreams”, he said.

Governor Ambode said the State Government had already mobilized the contractor while work has started Egan-Ayobo Link Bridge, assuring that the incoming administration would see through the project to completion.

At the unveiling of 500-seater capacity Igando Theatre, Governor Ambode said the development was in accordance with his administration’s promise to create a new economy around Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports, saying it was gratifying to note that a solid and long term foundation had been effectively laid to support a sustainable tourism and entertainment-driven economy. 

He said with the unveiling, lovers of live theatre and the Arts would henceforth experience spectacular fun, adding that as the nation’s hub for commercial activities and entertainment, the State Government was providing key infrastructure to support growth as exemplified by the theatre.

He said the theatre, aside providing a platform for performances which would in turn bring revenue to artistes and entertainers, it would also go a long way to create opportunities for the tourism and hospitality sectors and the ripple effect would ultimately touch every aspect of the host communities.

“There is no State in the country that attracts visitors and new comers on daily basis as Lagos does. With our population, we have a large market for every sector. After the hustle and bustle of the day, people crave for entertainment and leisure. These theatres are built to provide for this need as well as creating jobs,” the Governor said.

In her goodwill message, Chairman of Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mrs Morenike Adesina-Williams commended Governor Ambode for the projects executed in the area, saying they would go a long way in enhancing the socio-economic development within the axis and the State in general.

“I wish to express our deep appreciation to the Governor for this laudable road project and the Theatre. We are aware of the deplorable state the road was but today the State Government has brought comfort and succor to people of Egan, Ayobo and all the people making use of this road.

“Also, the ground-breaking ceremony of the Egan-Ayobo link bridge is a thing of joy for us. This is a testament of the fact that your (Governor Ambode’s) administration has indeed provided good and qualitative social infrastructure across all divisions in Lagos State, particularly this road which will provide and enhance socio-economic development, investment and employment in this axis,” she said.

On his part, Onigando of Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi said the unveiling of the theatre was an emotional moment for him considering that Governor Ambode would be exiting office soon, just as he prayed that God would continue to bless and order the steps of the Governor.

“I want to profusely thank our Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for standing firmly and seeing this project through. If I open my mouth and start to talk about the good things the Governor has done in our community, the State in general and even personally for me, I may cry but I just pray that God will be with the Governor in all his endeavours,” Oba Gbadamosi said.

Some residents of the area- Mrs. Aderinola Adetola and Mrs. Folashade Olanrewaju, who spoke on the projects, commended the Governor saying that the road has transformed the axis and upgraded their standard of living. 

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The Formal Commissioning of The New Theatre At Igando-Alimosho

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The Formal Commissioning of The New Theatre At Igando-Alimosho

I am very happy to address this gathering on this occasion of the formal commissioning of this new Lagos Theatre at Igando-Alimosho. I am full of confidence that from today, lovers of live theatre and the Arts will henceforth experience spectacular fun at this 500-seater capacity theatre.

In accord with our promise to create a new economy around Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports, our government has laid a solid and long term foundation to support a sustainable tourism and entertainment-driven economy. 

This theatre is one of the five built under this administration in line with our project T.H.E.S.E. This project seeks to engage our active and creative youths, create employment around the entertainment, arts and culture sector and thereby boost the State’s economy. The other theatres are located in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu and Ikeja.

We are optimistic that the positive benefits of these theatres across the State would be huge as it would create opportunities for many of our unemployed youth to express themselves and bring out their creativity. This will reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities and help us discover some of the hidden talents in our State.

It is on record that during the great depression in the U.S. in the mid-20th century, the government deliberately promoted the arts as part of the new deal. Their regionalist intervention was strategic. It boosted creativity, imbued the spirit of patriotism and ultimately created jobs and wealth, which the new generation of Americans is enjoying till today.

Entertainment and Tourism interventions under our administration are deliberate and calculated. The expansion of our One Lagos Fiesta to the Five Divisions brought social activities closer to the people and has exposed many young artistes. These theatres will do even more because they will be open everyday for creativity and entertainment.

Our State is not only the nation’s hub of commercial and economic activity but the entertainment hub. We want to take this to the Next Level and provide the infrastructure that will support the growth of this sector.

The vision is to have these theatres busy with performances which will bring revenue to artistes and entertainers. This will in turn create opportunities for the tourism and hospitality sectors and the ripple effect will touch every aspect of these communities.

There is no State in the country that attracts visitors and new comers on daily basis as Lagos does. With our population, we have a large market for every sector. After the hustle and bustle of the day, people crave for entertainment and leisure. These theatres are built to provide for this need as well as creating jobs.

The 500-seater capacity theatre being commissioned today will serve as medium for the transfer of our history and cultural heritage from generation to generation, provides cross cultural exchange and diversity inclusion, generation of conversations on both local and international media and opportunity and avenues for school tours/creation.

As a government, we can create the infrastructure but we need the people to make it work. This is a challenge to our creative entrepreneurs and youths. We have built the stage for you. Come and show the world what you can do and create wealth for yourself.

I urge the people of Alimosho axis and environs to cherish this theatre. We have delivered on our promise, its now for you to make the best of it and protect what is yours.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to formally commission this new Igando Theatre to the glory of God, for the promotion of creativity and for the good of all Lagosians.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo je Wa Logun

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of Agric Access Road, Egan And Flag Off Of Bridge Linking Egan And Ayobo In Igando-Ikotun LCDA

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of Agric Access Road, Egan And Flag Off Of Bridge Linking Egan And Ayobo In Igando-Ikotun LCDA

When our administration came into office, one of our cardinal promises was a government of inclusion. We committed to a government where nobody, community or people will be left behind. As a result we were determined to address the challenges of gross infrastructural deficit, flooding and erosion which the people around this senatorial district have lived with for some time now.

I am very pleased and fulfilled to see that our commitment to make our State globally competitive and radically change our infrastructural profile to one that befits a contemporary smart city has been successful with the massive construction of roads and bridges we have undertaken in the last four years. We not only prioritized renewal and development of road infrastructure but we have done so using an all-inclusive approach that has touched rural and urban areas in the State.

In constructing this road, we took cognizance of the need to make commuting stress-free for pedestrians and motorists with wider roads and walkways, tackling flooding by providing adequate and covered drains, and street lights that will guarantee added safety and security for all road users.

The unveiling of Agric Road Bamidele Kasali/Dosu Ekunrin Road today is a testimony to our passion to make our people happier, our roads better and our State safer. By this action, we are providing critical and needed infrastructure as well as reciprocating the support our government has enjoyed from this constituency in the last four years.

We are optimistic that roads constructed around this corridor will create direct and indirect employment, increase connectivity that will open the communities along this axis and ultimately boost trade, commerce and investment opportunities. We look forward to increased economic activity in this community and its environs as this infrastructure will definitely bring new socio-economic advantages.

I urge all community/ religious leaders and the people of Igando/Ikotun to guard jealously the infrastructure being commissioned today and those that would be provided in the near future. These infrastructures are jointly owned by people of the community and Lagos State government because they have been put in place with our commonwealth; therefore, protecting them will further encourage the government to do more.

Our government is very grateful to all Lagosians for their prayers and support particularly in the discharge of their civic responsibility through payment of taxes. I believe strongly that our State is on a positive growth trajectory and I urge you to give the next administration the same unflinching support you gave us as we work together in transforming our State to the “Lagos of Our Dreams”.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to formally commission this Agric Road Bamidele Kasali/Dosu Ekunrin Road and flag-off the Bridge linking Egan to Ayobo to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind especially Lagosians who have kept the faith with us.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo je Wa Logun

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019