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LASU to incorporate community law into law programme curriculum

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The Lagos State University says it will incorporate community law into its faculty of law curriculum.

The Dean of Faculty of Law of the University, Professor Funminiyi Adeleke disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement while speaking with the delegation of the ECOWAS court in Lagos.

The decision followed the five days mission of the delegation of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS to Lagos State and the institution.

According to the dean, the delegation of the Court was led by Justice Dupe Atoki, who represented the President of the court, Justice Edward Asante as part of a sensitisation programme in the State.

“The study of ECOWAS Community Law will be incorporated into the law curriculum of the Lagos State University in order to improve the knowledge of the students of Community Law and equip them for better practice, particularly in the Court.

“The University will take steps to acquaint lecturers and students with the Court through lectures and other activities, including doing their internships in the Court.”

Adeleke commended the decision to include students among those to be sensitised during the programme as valuable for the students, particularly for those taking courses in human rights, one of the four mandates of the Court.

The Dean, however, lamented the low level of awareness of the Court among citizens, including experienced legal practitioners and the academia.

In her remarks, Justice Asante, expressed optimism that the session with the students would mark a turnaround in their learning experience and help them chart a course for greater heights in their legal career.

She also enjoined them to be dedicated, law abiding and committed to their studies as these were the elements required for excellence.

Nigeria News Agency reports that over 400 people including students and lecturers of the university’s faculty of law attended the session, which was part of the campaign of the Court in the State.(NAN)


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COVID-19: LASU inaugurates 21-man financial sustainability committee

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Lagos State University (LASU) has inaugurated a 21-man Financial Sustainability Committee to evolve strategies to create revenue sources and guarantee financial sustainability of the institution after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inaugurating the committee at a virtual meeting on Tuesday in Lagos, LASU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, said the step became imperative in the light of financial challenges that was envisaged in the wake of, and aftermath of the pandemic.

“As a management, we do recognise that our institution, like almost every other institution around the world, are already facing and will face serious financial challenges.

“A lot will depend on how institutions chose to manage their affairs that is why the management of LASU felt the need to put in place strategies that will ensure the sustainability of the university.

“That is why we have put together this committee, more as a think -tank to critically think through all facets of financial sustainability relevant to our now and future,” Faghoun said.

He said that capacity, competence and all-inclusive representation were key factors in appointing members of the committee.

“The committee is one of the most important committees to be set up in LASU because the sustainability, growth and progress of the institution going forward will depend largely on it.

“The composition of the committee is diverse and all inclusive: all our staff unions including the students union are represented, same with other segments of the university.

“We want to lean on the strength, competence, expertise and goodwill of the members to achieve our goals,”Faghoun said.

He said that terms of reference of the 21-member Committee included- to identify short and long term income generating opportunities for the university, to develop strategies to implement the identified opportunities.

“Others include: to boost the financial capability of the University, to identify possible leakages in the system and to make recommendations on any other matter that may be directly or indirectly incidental to the committee’s assignment.

“Through the effort of this committee, we must be able to show to the Lagos State government that we can also think outside the box to move forward and deepen our income generation beyond the subvention from government.

“We also want the government to recognise that we are disciplined and able to develop our own solutions as a university,” Fagbohun said.

He said that LASU management would fully support the committee to achieve its terms of reference.

“We believe that we can work aggressively to come out of the woods and confidently say that we are moving forward,”Faghoun said.

Prof. Banji Fajonyomi, former Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, of the university who spoke on behalf of the committee members appreciated the management for deeming them fit for the assignment.

Fajonyomi said that the committee members had accepted the responsibility.
‘’We promise to show best of our ability and give the university the best to sustain itself financially.

“We thank the university management and promise to deliver within the time frame given us,” he said.

News Agency of Nigeria, reports that members of the committee included – Prof. Ayo Omotayo, Prof. Banji Fajonyomi, Prof. Elias Wahab, Prof. M. A. Oludara, Prof. Moses Akanbi among others.
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Residents decry hike in fares amid relaxed lockdown

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Some Lagos residents on Wednesday said they had been faced with a hike in the cost of transportation, with the gradual easing of the lockdown in the state.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria that the urgent need to return to their businesses, however, left them no choice but to board the vehicles, regardless of the hike.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had announced gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja from Monday, after it had lasted for five weeks.

The lockdown was declared as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Mr Yemi Olagunju, a real estate agent, said though he was relieved that the lockdown had been relaxed, as it meant making little money to make ends meet, the hike in cost of transportation was a challenge.

“The lockdown was killing because there was no money to buy food and other necessities.

“Since the relaxation began on Monday, I have been going to my office and people have been coming out, even though the business is not thriving like before.

“The only challenge now is that transportation fare is very high. I stay around Ijanikin and it is now N400 to my office instead of N200-N250,” he said.

Mr Adeyemi Adeniran, a manager at a filling station on LASU Road, expressed his displeasure at the increase in the price of transportation in spite of the reduction in the price of fuel from N145 to N125.

“I went out yesterday and paid N100 for a trip of N50. When I asked the driver the reason for the hike, he said it was due to the situation,” he said.

Mr Shina Giwa, a tricycle operator, who plies the Ipaja-Ayobo route, attributed the hike to the new guidelines by the Lagos State Government which allowed only two passengers on board.

“It is not our fault that the price has increased. If we continue taking the usual price, we will be at a loss.

“A trip of N50 with four passengers will give us N200, but now we are allowed to take only two passengers, so we charge them N100 and at the end of the day, we still have our N200,” he explained.

Meanwhile, some Lagos residents also spoke on compliance with health guidelines in place to check the spread of COVID-19.

One of them, Oluwaseye Olabode, commended business owners who had been complying with health guidelines with regards to social distancing, hand washing, use of face masks and sanitizers.

She recounted her experience at a pharmacy where customers had to wash their hands and wear face masks before being allowed into the store.

Similarly, Miss Adenike Olawale, a fabric wholesaler said, “when I opened my shop on Monday, I cleaned all the surfaces and ensured my customers wear their face masks before attending to them.”

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Ameliorate adverse effect of COVID-19 on social, economic life, Dons urges FG

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Some university lecturers have called on the Federal Government to ameliorate the adverse effect of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the social and economic life of people in Nigeria.

The lecturers, mostly from the background of Sociology and Political Science, spoke at the second virtual public lecture organised by the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo,on Wednesday in Lagos.

The lecture was entitled: “Political Economy and the Environmental Context of Covid-19.”

Contributing, Prof. Olabisi Aina
of Sociology and Gender Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun, said that women and children would bear the highest burden of economy and social strain of the Coronavirus pandemic than other groups.

Aina said that currently, lots of women and children were experiencing increase in domestic violence, adding that lack of access to contraceptives, due to COVID-19, would lead to increase in unwanted pregnancies.

“While COVID-19 affects all segments of the society, the social effects of the pandemic is disproportionate across genders.

“The burden of cost of the pandemic leaves more economy and social strain on women and children, because from global indices, there has been 20 per cent surge in domestic violence.

“It has also been projected that because of the lockdown, women may be unable to access contraceptives, which leads to unplanned pregnancies and increase in population,” Aina said.

She urged the government to develop accurate data, covering gender perspectives in the country.

“It is important that we have an accurate citizens data and comprehensive data bank which will help to identify the vulnerable among us.

“It has become more visible that governments has not taken care of the vulnerable, especially elderly people, homeless and physically challenged individuals.

“These people may not have COVID-19, but they will bear the brunt of the virus, because many of them rely on the government palliatives to sustain themselves,” Aina said.

She said government at all levels needs to improve healthcare system, provide reproductive health and family planning services as well as promote health insurance.

Also, Dr Jameela Yakub, Economics lecturer at LASU, called on the governments to adopt zero interest financing model, grant tax waivers to households, businesses and spend more on agriculture, which could help to drive speedy economic recovery in Nigeria.

Yakub also said that economic impact of the pandemic would be severe in the coming days.

“Nearly half of jobs would be lost, global poverty would increase and more than half a billion people would be pushed into poverty, leading to a global recession.

“Many micro-entreprenuers will close shop, there will be decline in investment and increase in government expenditures.

” Prolonged COVID-19 and poor oil price will impact negatively on the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation to State and Local Governments.

“Hence, institutions such as universities have to look inward to improve their internally generated revenue,” she said.

In his remarks, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, Director, Centre for Planning Studies, Lagos State University, said that some of the environmental factor implications caused by COVID-19 include population density and city morphology.

Others are intra/inter city movement, humidity, wind speed and built environmental mediated pathways.

Omotayo said that Lagos State, being the most hit state in Nigeria, could recover by defining urban system resilience, examining expected disasters, understanding the diffusion techniques and categorisation of areas on the basis of scientific criteria.

Similarly, Dr Mudasiru Suraj, an Associate Professor and former Head of Department, Political Science, LASU, explained that nations were currently enmeshed in competing interests, thereby limiting resources for COVID-19.

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COVID-19: LASU lecturers urge Nigerians to adhere to safety precautions

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Some lecturers at the Lagos State University (LASU), have urged Nigerians to adhere to safety precautions in order to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus.

 

 

The lecturers made the call on Tuesday in Lagos at the virtual training series lecture themed, “Current Knowledge and Funding Opportunities,” organised by the university for workers.

 

 

They also urged the Federal Government to review the lockdown imposed on some states in the country with a view to lifting it as it appeared not to be curtailing the spread of the virus as expected.

 

 

Dr Adeyinka Adeniran of  Department of Community Health and Primary Health Care, LASU College of Medicine (LASUCOM), urged Nigerians to protect themselves as the virus was already spreading at community levels.

 

 

Adeniran said that 45 per cent of infected persons had no travel history which meant the coronavirus now existed in the communities.

 

 

Also speaking, Dr Bola Oyefolu, Medical Microbiologist/Virologist at LASUCOM urged Nigerians to stay safe, be responsible, and live healthy because coronavirus was real.

 

 

 

“There is a high chance of presence of the three circulating strains of the causative agent of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

 

 

“This is, going by its importation into the country through index case from Italy, being Type C, travelers from USA being Type B and some Chinese in the country tested positive being Type A.

 

 

 

“Sadly in Nigeria, the three strains of the virus are most likely circulating, which portends for the possibility of emerging new strain because of the mutating virus,” Oyefolu said.

 

 

 

Prof. Wahab Elias, Professor of Sociology and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, said that countries with high population, cultural diversity and poverty rate like Nigeria would bear greater social, political,  economic and spatial consequences of COVID -19.

 

 

“Government must review the issue of lockdown as it is clearly not achieving the desired result.

 

 

“Instead, they should consider implementing infection prevention control evidence – based measures, including social distancing, hand washing and wearing of face masks,” Elias said.

 

 

 

He urged the government to use influential private individuals to identify the vulnerable in the communities since they could help share the palliatives equally.

 

 

Elias called for more testing centres, more public awareness, and dialogue between employers and workers unions in order to mitigate the spread and impact of the pandemic on Nigerians.

 

 

 

In his opening remarks, Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun (SAN), Vice Chancellor of LASU urged workers to take full advantage of the virtual lectures to deepen their knowledge in different fields.

 

 

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Lockdown: Embrace technology to deepen knowledge, LASU VC tells staff

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Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun, Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU) has urged staff of the university to embrace the use of technology to deepen knowledge acquisition, especially during the lockdown.

Fagbohun, in a statement on Friday in Lagos, said it had become necessary for every staff to constantly deepen their competencies through technology because the COVID-19 pandemic had changed the face of knowledge acquisition.

“You can not be complacent with being knowledgeable in one field. The world today is such that you must be able to acquire knowledge in as many fields as possible.

“We will be holding virtual training sessions for ourselves, accessible to both academic and non-academic members of staff.

“The first virtual training for members of staff will hold on Monday, April 27,” Fagbohun said.

He directed Deans of faculties to come up with weekly training sessions for all members of staff in their faculties to deepen knowledge and share information of value.

Fagbohun also expressed satisfaction at the university’s performance in the global ranking, but added that there were still much to be done.

“The latest Times Higher Education Impact Ranking for 2020 has been released and the Lagos State University has been ranked among the first 600 universities globally.

“Participating in that ranking is to put ourselves on our toes, to know where we need to improve and we must target to be in the first 200 band at the next ranking.

“I appreciate Prof. Olumuyiwa Odusanya, Directorate of Research Management and Innovation, and his team for putting together the submission that earned LASU the ranking,”he said.

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Air-conditioning surge causes fire at Itire Branch of Access Bank – LASEMA

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The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, has said that surge from Air-conditioning unit caused the fire that gutted Itire Branch of Access Bank and damaged properties.

Oke-Osanyintolu made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency after putting out the fire, which lasted for few hours on Friday in Lagos.

According to him, all the emergency units have concluded operations that successfully quelled the fire outbreak that gutted the Itire-Lawanson branch of Access Bank on Friday.

“The fire incident, which did not cause any loss of lives, nor injuries, stated in the afternoon when the storey building belonging to Access bank was engulfed by fire.

“The preliminary report on the fire outbreak at Access bank 58, Lawanson Road, Itire, proved that the fire happened due to power surge.

“Upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that a storey building belonging to Access bank was gutted by fire as a result of power surge from the air condition unit inside the banking hall.

“No loss of live nor injury was sustained at the scene, as the fire had been extinguished as a result of the swift response of the LASEMA Response Team (LRT) , LASG Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, Rapid Response Squad of the Nigerian Police Force and LNSC to the scene of incident, “he said.

In a related development, LASEMA Response Team had also prevented a potential disaster by petrol-chemical explosion from a leaking petrol tanker spilling fuel at Iyana Iba Bus Stop toward LASU Gate.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that the petrol tanker with registration number AAA 198 XE was loaded with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, (PMS) or petrol was leaking fuel from its rear compartment.

“Further investigation revealed at the scene of the incident that the leakage was from the rear compartment of the truck.

“The cause of the leakage is unknown, however, water was added to the leaking compartment by the Fire Service Officers to stop the leakage.

“There is neither loss of live nor injury recorded at the scene of the incident,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

He, however, said that the leakage had stopped and the truck was back on the road,” .

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Lockdown: LASU VC urges students to study online

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Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun (SAN), Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo has urged students of the institution to keep learning during the lockdown period by studying online.

Fagbohun, who made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Lagos, said that the university was putting in place online platforms for use by the students.

He said that the platforms would include whatsapp, drop box, static pages on the varsity’s website, Google classroom and free conferences, among others.

“Recently, LASU management had a meeting online with all deans of faculties, Provost of the LASU College of Medicine and the Dean, Post-Graduate School to agree on the modality for online lectures for our students.

“We agreed that the final year students should be assigned their project work so that their supervisors can engage them while they are at home.

“We also have a LASU assignment portal designed by LASU Computer Science Department for students and a Whatsapp platform to conduct tutorials for all the lecturers who will be engaged in the online teaching.

“Tomorrow (April 10), we are having another meeting with all faculties on how far they have gone with the online lectures,” he said.

Fagbohun said that the idea was to continually engage LASU students and keep them learning until school reopened.

He was optimistic many of the students would engage the different platforms.

The VC urged Nigerian students to abide by efforts of the federal and state governments to contain COVID-19 spread.

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LASU-ACEITSE set to begin 6 higher degree courses virtually

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The Lagos State University (LASU)-Africa Centre for Excellence in Innovative and Transformative STEM Education (ACEITSE) has concluded  arrangements to carry out interactive delivery of six courses.

The Leader of the Centre, Prof. Peter Okebukola,  gave the assurance in a statement he issued on Friday in Lagos.

He said that  the project would be hosted by LASU.

According to him, the LASU-ACEITSE is one of the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact). 

 

”Based on the success of the Africa Centre for  Excellence (ACE) Phase One project, the World Bank and the French Development Agency, in collaboration with African governments and the Association of African Universities (AAU), launched the ACE Impact Project in 2018,” he said.

 

He said that the launch was to  strengthen post-graduate training and applied research in existing fields, and support new fields essential for Africa’s economic growth.

 Okebukola said that following advice

by the World Bank and AAU, he started  setting up the interactive online delivery of six courses expected to begin on April 6..

 

”Human and web resources are being mobilised to enable LASU-ACEITSE  to take off effectively on Monday, April 6,” he said.

Okebukola said that  online registration opened on April 1, adding that the entire process would be documented and published as a case study of a practical response to the coronavirus lockdown. 

”LASU-ACEITSE is deploying the virtual courses using customised moodle and zoom for all interactive video presentations,” he said.

 

The don gave a breakdown of master’s courses to be offered virtually by the LASU-ACEITSE as Educational Research Methods and Statistics,

Trends in STEM Education and Graduate Seminar and the Culturo-Techno-Contextual Approach  to STEM Education and Research.

 

According to him, PhD courses to  be offered virtually  include  Advanced Educational Research Methods and Statistics, Advanced Trends in STEM Education and Graduate Seminar, and Culturo-Techno-Contextual Approach to STEM Education and Research.

 

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COVID-19: Tertiary institutions in Lagos suspend academic activities

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COVID-19: Tertiary institutions in Lagos suspend academic activities: Some tertiary institutions in Lagos State have suspended academic activities and shut down in compliance with government’s directive because of COVID-19.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Federal and Lagos State governments have directed all schools to shutdown to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

A correspondent of NAN reports that the Lagos State University, the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education and the Lagos State Polytechnic have complied with the directive.

Security officials were seen at the entrance of the institutions preventing students from entering except members of staff with identity cards.

The security officials were seen using infra-red thermometer and sanitisers on staff entering the premises.

Mr Ademola Adekoya, the Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations in LASU, said that academic activities were suspended to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

“The Senate of Lagos State University held an emergency meeting on Friday to approve the immediate suspension of all academic activities on campuses of the university.

“All prior approvals that entail students’ mass movement on and off campus are not allowed.

“The Senate also directed that the fumigation of the entire university environment, particularly the classrooms, be carried out as preventive measure during the period of the shutdown.

“Also the College of Medicine was encouraged to be part of a problem solving research team, he said.”

Adekoya said that all students were directed to vacate the Ojo, Epe and Ikeja campuses on Friday and information on a resumption date would be communicated in due course.

“However, members of staff of the university are expected to be at their respective duty posts,’’Adekoya said.

Mr Olanrewaju Kuye, the LASPOTECH Director of Information and Public Relations, told NAN that the institution had stopped all academic activities and examinations.

Kuye said that students had started their examination before the directive came, “but we had to suspend the examination till further notice immediately we got the government’s directive.

“Currently, we do not have student hostels, so the students are not allowed to be in the school premises, but senior staff are to be on their duty posts, ’he said.

Mrs Funmilayo Makanjuola, the Director of Information, Public Relation and Passages Division of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, said that academic activities had been suspended since Friday.

Makanjuola said that the college suspended all activities and directed students to stay at home in spite of the fact that the students were writing their examinations.

“We are also following the directives of the Lagos State government that all levels 12 and below should stay at home which is the reason few staff are around, ’she said.

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LASU postpones 24th convocation ceremonies

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The Lagos State University has postponed its 24th Convocation Ceremonies indefinitely.

Mr Ademola Adekoya, the institution’s  Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the convocation ceremonies were scheduled for Friday, March 20th to Friday, March 27.

Adekoya said that the postponement was as a result of the prevailing health threats occasioned by  coronavirus pandemic.

“The resolution of the Federal and State Governments is to discourage the gathering of people in public places at this point.

“The management regrets every inconvenience this postponement might cause to all our graduating students, awardees, family, friends and other stakeholders of the university.

“Further information on the 24th Convocation Ceremonies will be made available in due course,” he said.

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LASU 24th convocation: 76 first class students among graduands —VC

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The management of Lagos State University (LASU),Ojo said that 76 students would be awarded with first class degrees as the university holds her 24th convocation ceremonies this month.

The Vice-Chancellor, LASU, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, who disclosed this during a pre-convocation press conference at the institution on Friday in Lagos, said that this was the highest in the history of the university.

Fagbohun said that the significant rise in quality and class of the graduating students was a clear reflection of a conducive and stable environment.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that former Emir of Kano, Malam Lamido Sanusi, will be the Chairman of Convocation lecture, while Prof. Benedict Oramah, President African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) will deliver the convocation lecture.

The theme of the convocation lecture is “The future of Developing Economies In A Digital World”.

According to Fagbohun, 6,485 will receive first degrees and diplomas while 2,620 students will receive higher degrees during the convocation.

“The best graduating student for 2018/2019 academic session is Mr Oladimeji Shotunde from the Business Administration Department, Faculty of Management Sciences with CGPA of 4.95.

“It is instructive that Shotunde and another of his colleague, Kehinde Adebiyi, have just written a book titled ” Nature Pays Diligence ” which is a compendium that chronicles their experience of the last four years.

“For the higher degrees, we will be awarding a total of 35 doctorate degrees, 1034 professional masters degree, 664 academic masters degree and 887 postgraduate diplomas to make a total 2620 higher degree awards,” he said.

Fagbohun said that the number of graduands for this year’s convocation ceremony was less than what we the university had every year for the past three years.

“This is so because over the last four years, we have progressively cleared a vast majority of outstanding results and graduated deserving graduands over the period.

” The era of students being unsure of their academic status or having to wait perpetually to be cleared after their programme is over for good in our great university because it was the promise we made four years ago,” he said.

Fagbohun said that stream two admission programme was created in an effort to provide learning opportunity for more admission seekers into the university in 2019 and students to acquire certificate in entrepreneurship.

“The stream two programme is unique in such a way that students have the benefit of acquiring entrepreneurial skills in different vocations to prepare them for life after the university,” he said

Fagbohun said that in entrenching peace in the university, “we recognised the role of communication and we would continue constant engagements with our unions.

“The peace has made us able to enter into partnerships and collaboration with reputable institutions and bodies both locally and internationally,” he said.

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Why LASU has not joined ASUU warning strike —  Unionist

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Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos State University (ASUU-LASU) Chapter, says it is yet to take a stand over the ongoing two-week warning strike embarked upon by union.

The ASUU-LASU Chairman, Dr Ibrahim Bakare, told the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Lagos that academic activities were ongoing in the university as his chapter was yet to join the two-week warning strike.

NAN reports that ASUU had on Monday declared a two-week warning strike over Federal Government’s refusal to pay lecturers not enrolled into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and the non implementation of the 2009 agreement, among other issues.

“It is only the our congress that will direct us on what to do. Our colleagues should not be intimidated. They should  remain available for our students.

“By next week,the congress will have its  meeting as there are quite a number of pending issues concerning the welfare of our academic members that need to be addressed.

“At this point of negotiations, we are getting positive responses from the relevant authorities which means there is no point to stop lectures,” he said.

Bakare said that LASU academic staff had resolved to make the institution stable because there were quite a number of things that needed to be addressed.

“Rather than looking up to the ASUU national executive that never took our interest into consideration for a very long time.

“The congress feel we should be very focused by creating a conducive atmosphere that will promote peace, tranquility and flow  of lectures without hitch.

“For example, our earned academic allowance has been processed to about 90 per cent completion, it will not be reasonably to truncate the remaining 10 per cent and minimum wage is at the maximum level,” he said.

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Always resolve issues through dialogue, SSANU President urges union leaders

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Mr Samson Igbokwe,

National President,

Senior Staff Union of Universities (SSANU), has

urged

union leaders to always engage in dialogue on issues with the management to ensure peace and harmony on campuses.

 

Igbokwe said this at the inauguration of the new secretariat of

Senior Staff Union of Universities-Lagos State University (SSANU-LASU)

on Wednesday in Lagos.

 

 

He said that union leaders should use intellectual minds to resolve issues, adding that war or fist were not the way to solve problems.

 

“SSANU-LASU occupy vantage position in the national executive council because this chapter has produced vibrant officers over the years.

 

“Due to the cooperation and unity among members, SSANU-LASU completed this secretariat project without outsider’s assistance,”

Igbokwe 

said.

 

 

He urged every member to continue to cooperate and work with the university management to sustain the peace currently enjoyed in LASU under the leadership of Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun.

In his opening remarks, Mr Saheed Oseni,

Chairman, SSANU-LASU, called on the university management to continue to support the union.

According to him, LASU staff are very accommodating, reasonable and civil but never to be taken for granted.

“LASU staff have not been the problem. The event of the last four years has proved that we are good people which means it has always been problem of former leadership.

 

 

“Our unsavoury past was because of leadership but we can see what the current administration is doing,” he said. 

 

 

Prof. Olumuyiwa Noah, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (

Academic), urged every union member to give

a modicum of respect when discussing the management in public or in private.

 

 

Noah said that the management would not meddle in the affairs of SSANU because it believed they were reasonable  and professional in handling their affairs.

“I pray that you will not allow anyone to come and destroy the work you are doing and we hope that other unions will also take the challenge,” he said.

Mrs Funmi Sessi,Lagos Chairman,Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that

Lagos State government commenced payment of minimum wage to workers in its parastatals in December.

Sessi said that most mainstream state agencies had not been paid because of lots of issues in the accounting process which had just been resolved.

“Minimum wage will be paid, please let us be patient with the Lagos State government.

 

“I commend the SSANU-LASU executives that came after us for continuing and finishing this project  which serves as a good image to all our members,” she said.

 

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LASU VC urges govts, individuals to conserve use of wild animals, plants

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the day of signature of the convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

This is to celebrate World’s Wild Animals and Plants.

Fagbohun said the inescapable fact and reality was that we need to do more to give effectiveness to the governance regime in place for the management of wildlife.

“At a time like this when ignorance accentuated by incidences of “fake news” in the social media, and mischief have increasingly become features, there is need for strong solidarity among institutions that play complementary roles.

“The World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora, and raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservative provides to people.

“Today reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crimes and human-induced reduction of species which have wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts,” Fagbohun said.

He said that some of the benefits of healthy and abundant wildlife populations include: helps in promoting agricultural diversity, plays important role in the discovery, development of most pharmaceutical products and traditional medicines.

“Other include: provides powerful images that helps define the very essence of existence, features prominently in aboriginal or indigenous communities’ art, legend, cultural ceremonies and community rituals.

“Looking at the benefits, the expectation is that everyone will clearly recognise that we all have a duty to manage wildlife and its habitat,” Fagbohun said.

He said that illegal wildlife trade was believed to be the world’s fourth most valuable illicit commerce after drugs, human trafficking and the arms trade.

“The challenge facing wildlife is what the global governance system has for years been seeking to address through multilateral conventions and initiatives like the world wildlife day.

“At a point in 2005, Nigeria was suspended from CITES wildlife trade pact because of illegal wildlife trade and a lack of adequate enforcement.

“But, the suspension was lifted in August 2011 at the 61st meeting of the CITED Standing Committee (SC61),” Fagbohun said.

In his remarks, Mr Russel Brooks, Public Affairs Officer, U.S Consulate, decried the activities of poachers depleting Nigeria’s wildlife resources in places like Okomu Park, Yankari Games Reserves, among others.

Brooks said that the U.S Government had spent more than 370 million dollars in the past few years to support wildlife activities in the country.

Also, Prof. Basirat Animasahun, Director of LASU-CESSED), said that sustaining wildlife could be achieved, if all Nigerians could join hands to fight wildlife crimes in the country.

Animasahun said that there was need to raise more awareness on wildlife and the importance of celebrating Flora and fauna.

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How we caught our student accused of raping 2 in niqab – LASU

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A prosecution witness, Mr Babatunde Edu, on Tuesday narrated before an Ikeja Special Offences Court how Lagos State University (LASU) apprehended its student, Afeez Ogunbowale, accused of raping two women in niqab.

A niqab is an islamic garment which covers the body leaving the eyes uncovered. The Nigeria News Agency reports that Edu is a security officer of LASU.

He testified at the trial of Ogunbowale who is charged with armed robbery and rape. Led in evidence by state counsel,  Mrs O. A. Bajulaiye-Bishi, Edu told the court that he had been an employee of LASU for 22 years.

He said he got to know the defendant while investigating the alleged rape of the women who are also LASU students.

“The Dean of Student Affairs called me on Sept. 13, 2018, saying that two students were in his office to report a case of robbery.

“I met the two students and interacted with them and they explained how they were robbed and raped on April 18, 2018.

“They showed us a picture of the defendant who happened to be our student, and it was our responsibility to track the person.

“Our intelligence team tracked him and picked him up and the two victims were called and they identified him. They said he was one of the people who perpetrated the act,” he said.

Edu said that after Ogunbowale was identified by the complainants, he was detained at the Festac Police Station.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel, Mr Bisi Salau, the security officer said that though the alleged rape occurred on April 18, 2018, the case was brought to his attention on Sept. 13, 2018.

Edu said that he worked at the Investigation Unit of the Security Department of the school and that the defendant was apprehended by the Intelligence Unit of the Security Department.

“The victims said that after the incident, they tried to figure out the familiar face of one of the perpetrators.

“They logged into Facebook and identified the defendant through the Facebook account of their head of class,” the security officer said.

NAN reports that during proceedings on Nov. 4, 2019, the complainants, who dressed in niqab, narrated how they were allegedly robbed by five men but raped by Ogunbowale and one other person at large.

The women had told to the court that they lost their virginity to the attack.

According to the prosecution, the defendant committed the offences alongside some others at large, on April 18, 2018, at the Okokomaiko area of Lagos.

“The defendant and his accomplices while armed with a gun, knife, machete and bottle, robbed the students of their phones, power bank, ear piece, gold chain and N1,200.

“The defendant and his accomplice who is at large, had unlawful sexual intercourse with the complainants.

“The offences contravene Sections 260 (1) and 297 (2)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,” Bajulaiye-Bishi said.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until April 1 for continuation of trial.

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Man who plunged into Lagos lagoon not our graduate – LASU

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The Lagos State University (LASU)  says

Mr Daibo Davies who plunged into Lagos lagoon was not a graduate of the institution as reported by some media.

Mr

Ademola Adekoya,

the institution’s  Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.

According to him, LASU does not currently run a programme in Quantity Surveying, the programme which the now late Davies reportedly studied.

“The attention of the management has been drawn to media reports stating that the young man, who plunged into the lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos recently,  was a fresh graduate of Quantity Surveying from the Lagos State University.

“While the university sympathises with the family and  relations of the Davies on the unfortunate incident, we find it pertinent to correct the media reports crediting his studentship to LASU.

“We enjoin the media to exercise more diligence in gathering their facts before publishing reports to avoid misleading the public,” Adekoya said.

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Dump site: Medical Director lauds govt. efforts on evacuation

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Dr. Madewa Adebajo, the Medical Director of the Alimosho General Hospital on Tuesday, described the ongoing evacuation of the Igando dump site as a major relief to the hospital.

Nigeria News Agency, reports that there were heavy duty tractors on ground pulling down the refuse at the dump site, which had mounted over the years.

NAN further reports that the Lagos State Government had earlier announced last year that it had concluded arrangements to commission the landfills and refuse dumpsites located along LASU-Isheri road in Igando.

There had been calls from Lagosians over the years to relocate the dump site because of the health hazard to the hospital and the people living within the environment.

Adebajo said that the dump site had dissuaded some people from patronising the hospital.

“Around this environment, we have high enlighten society, but the fact that this hospital is situated close to a dump site deter the people from patronising the hospital.

“So, when they don’t come, they don’t have the opportunity to know the kind of services we render here.

“The government is also aware and they have started the evacuation of the refuse; it took years for dump to get to this level, it will also take years to completely remove it.

“We can’t wait for the process to be over because it’s not only for the interest of the hospital, but also for the entire environment and state,” he said.

The Director added that the hospital would double its effort to tackle any health challenge that could arise due to the evacuation.

“For us here, it means that we have to double our efforts as a universal precaution and we are grateful to the government and the health ministry for the decision,” he said. NAN

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LASU-ACEITSE `ll provide quality continuous training of STEM teachers

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The Lagos State University-Africa Centre of Excellence for Innovative and Transformative Education (LASU-ACEITSE) says it will continue to engage in cheap and quality training of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teachers.

Mrs Morenikeji Olanrewaju-John, the LASU-ACEITSE Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, spoke in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday after the inaugural meeting of ACEITSE sectoral advisory board in Lagos.

Olanrewaju-John said that activities at the centre would have a telling effect on quality and performance of students and their employability rating, thereby covering the deep hole created by mass unemployment of graduates.

“Lagos State will benefit from the arrays of well baked teachers and turn out to boost the quality of education in the state.

“Within the enterprise of teachers’ education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), has occupied a respectable niche.

“This prominence is derive from the critical role that science and technology play in development,” she said.

Olanrewaju-John said the key development challenge that the centre would address was to improve the quality of STEM education in West Africa through innovative and transformative teacher training and leadership.

“LASU-ACEITSE was approved by the World Bank as a Centre of Excellence for deployment of the culture-techno-contextual, which has the high chance of producing innovative and transformative STEM masters teachers,” she said.

The monitoring and evaluation officer said that the sectoral advisory board of the centre would review and recommend the implementation plan of the centre for approval by the World Bank.

She said that it would also provide guidance and input to the education and research activities.

According to her, it will offer advice on internship placement for students and staff of the centre and offer general support and funding for research and related activities of the centre.

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Dismissal of ex-ASUU executive members from LASU subsists, says VC

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Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, says dismissal of former executive members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from  service of the university still stand.

Fagbohun made the clarification while responding to the letter of Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, on the election of new ASUU executive in the institution.

“Dr Akinloye Oyewuni, Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu, Dr Adebisi Aboderin-Shonibare were dismissed from the service of LASU in accordance with the university regulations guiding the conduct of staff and in line with global best practices.

“Regarding, the legality of the newly elected executive members of ASUU-LASU, it is a pure union matter in which management does not interfere,” he said.

Also, Dr Ibrahim Bakare, the newly elected Chairman, ASUU-LASU, said that they need to state unequivocally that tenure of the immediate past executive lapsed in February 2018.

Bakare said that between 2017 and 2019, five members of the past executive were disengaged from the service of LASU.

“The former Chairman, Dr Isaac Oyewumi and his vice, Dr Adeyemi Suenu, were disengaged in 2017 and former Secretary, Dr Tony Dansu, Dr Oyekan Adeolu and the Treasurer, Dr Aboderin-Shonibare, were disengaged in 2019,’’ he said.

Ogunyemi, had in his letter to the vice-chancellor, claimed that until cases of the dismissal of the five members of the former ASUU-LASU leaders is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, they remain the recognised executive of ASUU-LASU.

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Newly-elected ASUU-LASU executives to collaborate with others to maintain peace

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The newly elected executive of Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos State University (ASUU-LASU), Ojo, has promised

to collaborate with other stakeholders to maintain peace and sustain giant strides in the institution.

 

The ASUU-LASU Chairman, Dr Ibrahim Bakare, said this while speaking with newsmen after the union’s first congress on Wednesday in Lagos.

 

Bakare said since p

eace was very vital and key to move the institution forward, the union would do everything to negotiate for the welfare of its members in a civilised manner.

“Our focus and direction is to rescue and give ASUU-LASU a new direction and not see everyone as our enemy.

“We need to know that negotiations does not have to lead to crises, we can manage every issue in a civilised manner by using modern languages and technologies in dealing with crises.

“We need to maintain the peace in LASU so that all the gains and good things in LASU will not be destroyed because we had it so rough in the past,” he said.

Bakare said that in the past, LASU was tagged the most volatile institution, but now, the story has changed.

“Today, we have better structures completed and ongoing structures that will be completed within months in collaboration with different local and international companies

“We want more of this achievements and we should be part of the solutions of LASU and not the problems,” the ASUU official said.

According to him, the new ASUU-LASU executive was inaugurated following the dissolution of the former executive.

“We were surprised that the parallel congress led by the former dismissed ASUU-LASU executives also wanted to have their meeting at the same venue.

“We are very peaceful and procedural people, we felt the peace we are enjoying should not be truncated and we instantly informed appropriate authority but they did not show up.

“Well-meaning members of ASUU-LASU attended the congress with joy because the affairs of the union was conducted with innovative manner and members were allowed to hear their views without using unprintable names,” he said.

Bakare said that the new ASUU-LASU executive would present to management demand for academic allowances, new salary structure, completion of staff accommodation, completion of ASUU-LASU secretariat, amongst others.

He said that the national leadership of ASUU should embrace fairness, justice and good conscience in dealing with ASUU-LASU matter.

“Unfortunately, the national leadership became biased in its efforts to resolve the crises.

“We suggested that they should change their strategies of dealing with the matter.

“I will advise ASUU national leadership to rethink their stand or position if they want genuine relationship to exist between this branch and the top.

“It is the mandate of our congress that we are executing and we remain committed to it and through the mandate we shall achieve overall peace that will sustain the giant strides of this institution,” Bakare said.

Commenting on the matter, LASU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun (SAN), said that the former ASUU-LASU executives were dismissed from the service of LASU in accordance with the university regulations guiding the conduct of staff and in line with global best practices.

“The dismissed staff  were; Dr Akinloye Oyewunmi, Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu, Dr Tony Dansu and Dr Adebisi Aboderin-Shonibare and their dismissal from Lagos State University subsists.

“The legality of the newly elected executed members of ASUU-LASU is valid,” Fagbohun said.

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