ADDRESS OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR AT THE 23RD LASU CONVOCATION PRESS CONFERENCE

LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY, OJO
LAGOS, NIGERIA

THE 23RD CONVOCATION CEREMONY

ADDRESS OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR, LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY, PROFESSOR OLANREWAJU ADIGUN FAGBOHUN,SAN, AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE 23RD CONVOCATION CEREMONIES OF THE UNIVERSITY HELD ON THURSDAY, MAY 02, 2019 AT THE 3-IN-1 CONFERENCE HALL, FACULTY OF EDUCATION, LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY, OJO.

INTRODUCTION
The 23rd Convocation Ceremonies of the Lagos State University officially starts today and as is our practice, we are starting with this press briefing. The Media without doubt has played a significant role in the LASU Project. As partners in progress, you propagate the activities of our University to the world and the impact of your reportage on the image of our University cannot be overemphasized. Convocation ceremonies being the flagship ceremony where we roll out the drums to celebrate our graduands, present our scorecard, appreciate our proprietor, benefactors, partners, donor agencies and our regulators, it is imperative we commence with a media parley to appreciate Gentlemen of the Press for what they have done so far, provide information on what we are currently doing and appeal to them to continue the good work of propagating the Lagos State University Project across the length and breadth of our great country and beyond.

This year’s Convocation ceremony would run for seven (7) days. After today’s Press Briefing, the ceremonies will continue on Friday 10th May and run till Thursday 16th May, 2019, when we will hold our Convocation Lecture and Award of Higher Degrees. This year’s Convocation Press Briefing is coming ahead of other activities to enable us adequately sensitize the public about the activities lined up.

CONVOCATION PROGRAMME
The activities of the 23rd Convocation Ceremonies will run as follows:

DAY 1 – Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 Convocation Press Conference
Venue: 3-in-1 Conference Hall, Faculty of Education, Ojo, Lagos
Time: 10:00am

DAY 2 -(a) Wed. 8th –Fri., 10th May, 2019 Convocation Cup Competition for Staff
Venue: LASU Sports Centre
Time: 10:00am

(b) Friday, 10th May, 2019 Jumat Service
Venue: University Mosque, Ojo
Time: 1.00pm

DAY 3 -Sunday, 12th May, 2019 Special Thanksgiving Service
Venue: University Chapel (Chapel
of Light), Ojo, Lagos
Time: 10:00am prompt

DAY 4 – Monday, 13th May, 2019 Coconut Breaking Festival
Venue: Badagry Gate Entrance,
Time: 9:00am prompt

DAY 5 – Tuesday, 14th May, 2019 Command Performance &
Convocation Play titled “ Askari” written by Ben Tomoloju and Directed by Babafemi Babatope
Venue: University Auditorium
Complex, Ojo
Time: 2:00pm Prompt

DAY 6 – Wednesday, 15nd May, 2019 Award of First Degrees AND
Diplomas in all Faculties
Venue: University Auditorium
Complex, Ojo
Time: 10.00am
DAY 7(a) Thursday, 16th May, 2019 Convocation Lecture Topic:
Africa Centres of Excellence in
African Universities: A Veritable
Catalyst for Nation Building and
Development
Convocation Lecturer: His Excellency,Professor Oluyemi Oluleke OSINBAJO, GCON, SAN
Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Chairman of the day: His Excellency, John Dramani MAHAMA,
Former President, Federal Republic of Ghana

Venue: University Auditorium Complex, Ojo
Time: 10:00am Prompt

DAY 7(b) – Thursday, 16th May, 2019 Award of Higher AND
Honorary Doctorate Degrees
Venue: University Auditorium
Complex, Ojo
Time: 11:30am

ANALYSIS OF THE DATA OF GRADUATING STUDENTS
It is my pleasure to inform that the University during this Convocation Ceremony will be graduating a total of 14, 369 students. This comprises of Diploma, First & Higher Degrees graduands.
A summary of this figure is stated below:

SUMMARY OF GRADUANDS: DIPLOMAS

PROGRAMME
Distinction

Upper Credit

Lower Credit

Pass

TOTAL

Arts

5
11
1
17

Law
6
15
5

26

Management Sciences

2
7

9

Sch. of Communication

2

2

TOTAL
6
24
23
1
54

SUMMARY OF GRADUANDS: FIRST DEGREES

(FULL – TIME AND PART – TIME)

PROGRAMME
1st Class Honours
2nd Class Honours Upper Division
2nd Class Honours Lower Division
3rd Class Honours
Pass
TOTAL

Arts

128
940
58
2
1128

Education
10
308
1569
40
2
1929

Engineering
2
22
20
12

56

Law

27
45
4

76

Management Sciences
13
319
4407
235
5
4979

Basic Medical Sciences

5
3

8

College of Medicine (MBBS & BDS)

53

53

School of Communication

39
145
9
2
195

School of Transport

4
3
3

10

Science
19
161
845
57
10
1092

Social Sciences
13
167
494
49
3
726

TOTAL
57
1233
8471
467
24
10,252

SUMMARY OF GRADUANDS: HIGHER DEGREES

AS APPROVED BY SENATE

PROGRAMME
Postgraduate Diploma

Academic Masters

Professional Masters

Doctor of Philosophy
TOTAL

Arts
115
57
185
1
358

Education
236
161
10
8
415

Engineering

1

1

Law
1
60
7

68

Management Sciences
880
131
1700
4
2715

College of Medicine

2
29

31

School of Communication

7
2
3
12

School of Transport

4

4

Science
227
53

280

Social Sciences
26
47
36
1
110

CESSED
13
1
2

16

Centre for Planning Studies
34

19

53

TOTAL
1532
520
1994
17
4063

ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE LAST ONE YEAR
Permit me to also bring you up to speed with what we have been able to achieve since the last Convocation Ceremonies. All thanks to God, the commitment of the Governing Council and dedication of the entire Staff (Academic/Non-Academic) and students of the University:

Successful Accreditation of thirty seven (37) Academic programmes presented for Accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC). At the Lagos State University, all of the seventy (70) programmes being offered at the first degree level are duly accredited by the National Universities Commission;
Entrenchment of peace and stability across all the Campuses of the University;
Successful commencement of admission of first set of students at the Lagos State University Open Distance Learning Research and Institute (LASU-ODLRI);
Designation of the Lagos State University as an Africa Centre of Excellence for Innovative and Transformative STEM Education (LASU ACEITSE);
Inauguration of a Centre for Afro-Brazilian Studies at the Faculty of Arts;
Completion of Construction and Furnishing of a three storey School of Agriculture Building at Epe Campus with funding from Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND);
Completion of Construction and Furnishing of a Two-Storey Institute of Organic Agriculture and Green Economy Building at Epe Campus with funding from Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND);
Opening of the Ultra Modern 500 seat Lecture Theatre donated by Mr. Aderemi MAKANJUOLA;
Commencement of New Programmes both at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels such as Bachelors degree in Guidance and Counselling, Peace Studies and Pharmacology.
Collaboration and Partnership with reputable firms to conduct Short-Term entrepreneurial training for our students;
Partnering with the Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV) for assessment of Professorial candidates of the Language Village;
Establishment of the Directorate of Research Management and Innovations;
Hosting of the 2nd Lagos State University Distinguished Lecture to further bridge the gap between the town and gown;
Hosting of an evening with Baroness Lynda Chalker to stimulate national discourse on the topic ‘Africa in a Competitive World: Development and Business’
Promotion of 132 academic members of staff of which 56 are at the Professorial level and 276 non- academic members of staff after due assessment;
Organizing the maiden edition of the Lagos State University Long Service Award to appreciate members of staff who have spent twenty years and above in the University;
Commencement of work on the Lagos State University Academic Planning and Resource Centre financed by TETFund under the 2017 Special High Impact Intervention Project.
Induction of the 3rd Set of Bachelor of Dentistry (BDS) Students.
Organizing an Entrepreneurial Exhibition for students to display their entrepreneurial prowess;
Execution of various Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with reputable Institutions such as Huawei ICT Academy, Dutch Centre for Entrepreneurship, Food and Agriculture Organisation and Linus University, Sweden.
Presentation of four (4) inaugural lectures to deepen intellectual discourse;
Induction of the 13th set of Graduate Medical Students;
Presentation of 20th Lagos State University College of Medicine Founder’s Day Lecture.
Organization of different capacity building programmes for teaching and non-teaching members of staff;
Sponsoring of Academic members of staff for Institution Based Research in various fields and disciplines with funding from TETFund.
Sponsorship of Academic members of staff for both local and foreign training leading to acquisition of M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees as the case may be.
Sponsorship of Academic and Non-Academic members of staff to both local and foreign conferences.
Organization of various activities aimed at reducing negative social vices among students such as Parents Forum, Regular Townhall meetings and Anti-Cultism awareness across Faculties;
Continued engagement in “Ready Set Work” in collaboration with the State Government to enhance employability for our graduates;
Completion of the Ultra Modern LASU CBT Centre.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES OF STUDENTS OF LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY
Gentlemen of the Press, I am delighted to inform you all that 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 fifty seven (57) first class students. Never in the history of the Lagos State University have we had it so good. Two graduands, Ridwan Oladotun OLA-GBADAMOSI from the Faculty of Engineering and Nneka Karen ENUMAH of the Faculty of Science graduated with a CGPA of 4.88 to emerge as the overall best graduating students.

In the Faculty of Arts, Faith Chidinma UZUEGBU and Adenike Anthonia ABATI both of the Department of English emerged the best graduating students in the Faculty with a CGPA of 4.41. We also have a tie in the Faculty of Social Sciences where Abosede Muinat ONIFADE and Omowunmi Ayomide KASSIM both of the Department of Sociology graduated with a CGPA of 4.78 to emerge the best graduating students in their faculty.

Graduands with the best results in other faculties are:
Shukrat Opeyemi KANNIKE (4.36) – Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences/Physiology
Moshood Adekunle BAKARE (4.75) – Faculty of Education/Accounting Education
Oluwagbotemi Bolutife FASOMINU (4.31) – Faculty of Law
Ismaila Owolabi SALAMI (4.85) – Faculty of Management Sciences/Insurance
Titilope Aishat ADEBISI (4.47) – School of Communication/Mass Communication
Emmanuel Adeoye OYELEKE (4.12) – School of Transport/Transport Management and Operations

For the purpose of this press briefing, permit me to mention a few of the outstanding performances by our students and graduates at various fora both locally and internationally.
Miss Vivian AFOLAYAN emerged winner of the 2018 Ready Set Work (RSW 3.0) Pitch Competition. Aside the Prize Award for the Competition, she also received the sum of N5Million from His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State and Visitor to our University, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
The University football team won the maiden edition of Africa Students Football Union (ASFU) Soccer Competition and would be representing Africa at that the International Soccer Football Union (ISFU) Soccer Championship taking place in Russia later in the year.
Lagos State University contingent emerged the Best School Delegation at the 11th Nigerian International Tertiary Institutions Model United Nations (NITIMUN) Conference in Abuja, carting away fourteen (14) awards at the Conference.
Mr. Olaitan John OJELABI finished second at the 4th Simmons Copper Advocacy Development (SCAD) Award Finals. The competition had entries from 23 Universities across the Country with 10 individuals shortlisted for the Final. SCAD is a biennial competition organized by Simmons Copper Partners, a Law Firm founded by the Vice President, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, SAN, Babatunde Irukera and Dapo Akinosun.

The aforementioned are a few of the numerous achievements of students of Lagos State University in the last one year.

Gentlemen of the Press, let me at this juncture inform that during the year 2018and the last few months, we lost some of our distinguished colleagues. At a time like this, it is proper for us to remember them for they have also contributed to the successes we are celebrating today. Of particular note is the loss of Professor Ayodeji FEMI-PEARSE, the sixth Pro-Chancellor of our institution; Mr. Owolabi AMISU, the 3rd Registrar of the University; Mr. Enoch Ademola ADEKANYE; Mrs. Blessing Modupeola AKINTEWE; Mrs. Monsurat Omolola MESHIOYE; Mr. Taofeek Gbolahan ALABI, and very recently Mr. Yahya Olorunwa ABDUL AZEEZ, just to mention a few. May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.

CONCLUSION
Let me use this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to the underlisted individuals and organisations for their immense contributions towards making Lagos State University the pride of all.

His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi OSINBAJO, GCON, SAN.
His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi AMBODE and his entire cabinet;
His Excellency, the former President of the Republic of Ghana Mr. John Dramani MAHAMA
The Honorable Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru OBASA and all members of the House of Assembly;
His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akinolu and all Royal Fathers across the five divisions of Lagos State;
The Chancellor, Lagos State University, His Excellency, Justice George Adesola OGUNTADE (RTD.) JSC, CFR, FNIALS
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of Lagos State University, Professor Adebayo M. A. NINALOWO and all members Governing Council;
Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals;
Professor Adamu Rasheed, mni, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission
Professor Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund;
Professor Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board;
All members of the University Management;
Distinguished members of Senate;
Mr. Aderemi MAKANJUOLA, Chairman, Caverton Group of Companies;
The Management of Providus Bank Plc;
All Staff Unions in the University;
Members of Staff (Academic and Non-Academic);
LASU Alumni Association;
Students Union Leaders at the Faculty and Central levels;
Our Benefactors;
Gentlemen of the Press;
Other Stakeholders too numerous to mention

We are indeed grateful to God that despite some challenges that came our way, we are able to come together, enumerate our achievements and invite you all to share this moment of joy and celebration with us.

We are LASU! We are Proud!

Professor Olanrewaju A. FAGBOHUN, PhD, SAN
Vice-Chancellor
02 May, 2019



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