Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have commended the Lagos State University (LASU) for its attainment as the second-best university in Nigeria. The State University is also ranked 11th in Africa and one of the first 500 in the world based on the latest world rating of universities.
The commendation was made after the Deputy Clerk of the House, Mr Taiwo Otun, during plenary on Monday, read a letter signed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, and addressed to the Speaker, where he officially informed the Assembly of the ratings and thanked them for their support.
Commenting on the letter, Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu said that the amendment of the law, which gave 5 years for a single term to the Vice-Chancellor has greatly helped the university. Ogundimu stated that with the amendment, the current administration is witnessing peace and academic excellence in the institution.
“The most notable is the peace in the Student Union of LASU that has been like that for four years. We cannot rule out the contributions of the leadership of the House under Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun.
“LASU was also named as the centre of excellence. The university was able to attract some research grants by international research bodies.
“The students have been outstanding in various areas and about 70 programmes of the university are fully accredited such that people are willing to attend the university.
“A Lady from the University came out as the best medical student and one Ramota Adeola from the university became the best PhD Student in South Africa not to talk of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and other members, who passed through LASU,” he said.
In his comment, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu ( Eti Osa 2), said, out of about 1,500 universities across 93 countries, LASU was recognised and made the 2nd in Nigeria, 11th in Africa and one of the first 500 in the world.
Yishawu said the assembly ensured that the university got the required funds for accreditation and that LASU’s recognition as the 11th best University in Africa is a challenge to other universities in Nigeria.
In corroborating the submissions of other lawmakers, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 2) recalled that the House stood its ground to ensure that LASU achieved its aim with the accreditation of more courses, which he said ended crises of non-funding and management issues in the university.
“LASU needs expansion and there is a lot of encroachment on the land of LASU. With the encroachment on their land, there might be a problem for the university. The committee on education should investigate this,” he said.
Also speaking, Hon. AbdulSobur Olawale (Mushin 2) said the House Committee on Education was at the university on Friday, September 11, and they witnessed some ongoing construction within the university.
Olawale said the workers attested to the ability of the Vice-Chancellor and commended the assembly for what it had done for the university.
These were corroborated by Hon. Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland 2), Hon. Ganiyu Okanlawon (Kosofe 2) and Hon. Setonji David (Badagry 2).
However, in celebrating the University, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that the management and students of LASU deserve commendation for the height. Obasa, who said that he was amazed by the level of development on his recent visit to LASU, and urged other lawmakers to pay a visit to the university to see things for themselves.
“LASU had always been at the forefront in the past and regaining it is worthy of celebration. We must celebrate them and congratulate the man at the helms of affairs in the university, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun.
“We can get to the level of universities in the developed countries in the world. If we can get to that stage, we will save the funds being spent by our people to study abroad. We can get to a stage, where people can come to LASU for education,” he said.
While commending both the executive and the legislative arms of the state for working together on the institution, Obasa directed that a letter of commendation should be written to the management of the institution.
By Okunade Adekunle