By MUSBAUDEEN SHEKONI
Exactly one year after Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa assumed office as the 11th Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, massive development have sprung up in various sections of the university.
Penultimate Tuesday, the VC, while addressing jouralists at the University’s Senate Chamber to mark his one year in office, averred the infrastructural and academic uplift recorded so far can be re-confirmed by a tour of the 27 year-old institution.
Before his appointment as VC in November 2011, the Professor of Forensic Pathology had been a Consultant Pathologist to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), and two-time Provost of Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja.
With the landmark achievement recorded at LASUCOM, with conducive lecture rooms, tele-lecture facilities, standard and well equipped laboratories, 24 hours service library, hostel facilities, 24 hours internet facilities, among others, hopes that he would replicate same as VC was not dashed.
Quadlife in a tour of facilities confirmed that a lot has occurred within the last 365 days in office of the VC.
Meanwhile, Obafunwa had in the media briefing said: “On assumption of office last November, we looked at myriad of issues bordering on registration, exams, results, accommodation, the image of the average LASU student and, indeed, the university itself, security which made us consider the aspect of trying to rebrand the university.”
On infrastructural development, the don said “in the last 12 months, the university has embarked on a number of projects which include seven storey Senate Building, four storey central library; a twin Faculty of Law lecture theatre, new School of Transport complex; Faculty of Management Sciences Complex, Faculty of Sciences Complex, Students’ Union Arcade, refurbishment of 3-in-1 building and many other projects that will change the architectural landscape of the main campus.
“Moreso, the administration completed some buildings which were eyesores on the main campus. Noteworthy is the new university auditorium which was made ready for use for the recently concluded 17th convocation ceremonies of the university.
“Also, the Teslim Olawale Elias Law Library has been completed ahead of the NUC re-accreditation exercise of LASU Law Faculty,” he averred.
One other sector the VC made a giant stride is the external system. Recall the Visitor to the university, Governor Babatunde Fashola, had recently scrapped the external campuses based on the recommendation of National Universities Commission (NUC).
According to the VC, this was a welcome development to restore the integrity of an average LASU graduate and respect for the certificate.
“When we took over, we had a number of these people in the external system. Students who you cannot describe as bonafide,” he reiterated.
When the administration took over, there were backlog of unmarked exam scripts. The VC took the decision of bringing in a new Director of the External System, Dr. O.T. Abanikanda, to ensure that the backlogs of scripts were marked.
At the last convocation, about 27,000 students graduated of which over 14,000 were external students. That was the fallout of the fact that there hasn’t been convocation for years.
Having restructured the external system, “we intend to replace it the Open Distance Learning. We had preliminary discussions with the NUC.