INSIDEMAINLAND– The Lagos State University has given 556 eligible undergraduate students a scholarship worth 50% of their tuition for the current academic year.
According to The News Agency of Nigeria, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello promised to do this upon taking office as LASU’s ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor on September 20, 2021.
Every academic year, she promised students with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.50 or higher a 50% reimbursement of their tuition.
Olatunji-Bello stated that the policy’s introduction was made to encourage kids to compete in a healthy way.
On Tuesday in Lagos, the VC gave a public speech to mark the first anniversary of her taking office. She then announced the scholarship awards to 556 recipients.
The administration’s goal, according to her, is still to make LASU the top institution in West Africa.
According to Olatunji-Bello, the administration built three new science faculties and a school within a year with the help of all LASU stakeholders.
“The new faculties are Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Environmental Sciences; and School of Library, Archival, and Information Science.
“Other achievements include an admission of new international students, expansion of programs, and the Epe Campus,” she said.
Furthermore, the government established six strategic goals to help it realize its mission.
She listed some of these as making sure academic and professional programs are accredited by the appropriate bodies and continue to be so.
Another is to “make the university a research, innovation, and development hub for Lagos State and national development”.
It also aims to “ensure that infrastructural facilities are improved and readily available for the seamless performance of administrative and academic duties.”
Others are, “to improve the internal generation of revenue with the aim of achieving financial sustainability of the university, promote the welfare of all staff and students in the university and promote participation in sports and recreational activities.”
Olatunji-Bello reiterated the university’s dedication to offering a setting for stimulating intellectual discussion and offering practical answers to the appalling state of education in Nigeria.
“We are bearing in mind the unique place of higher education in the development of our nation.
“Indeed, given the dire state of higher education in the country today, no other discussion would have been more pressing.
“In the last seven months, most public Universities have been shut following the stalemate in the negotiations between the federal government and the leadership of ASUU,” she said.
Also, the administration’s modest successes thus far show their steadfast dedication to the vision that guides their policies and the advancement of the University.
“The cardinal point of this administration’s mission is to place the university on a solid foundation of excellence in research, learning, and community service,” she said.
The university’s visiting governor, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, and his special adviser on education, Mr. Tokunbo Philip Wahab, were thanked by the vice chancellor for their assistance.
She also thanked LASU’s Provost and Chairman of the Governing Council, Mr. David Sunmoni, as well as the university’s Chancellor, Prof. Gbolahan Elias.