The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Professor Lateef Akani Hussein has said that he will ever remain committed to the less privileged and sound academic performed students to ensure that financing their education will not be a hindrance to their academic pursuit.
He made this declaration during the recent matriculation of five thousand, nine hundred and seventeen (5,917) candidates that were offered admission for the 2009/2010 academic session.
As a way of encouraging academic excellence, Hussein reiterated that LASU has established a scholarship award scheme for students who obtain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 and above in the sessional examination results stressing that every student should endeavour to become a University Scholar, while the University is prepared and would continue to offer scholarship to all the students that merit it. â€œYour predecessors who have benefited from the Scholarship Scheme would testify to this.
A University Scholar does not pay any school fees; rather he/she is given a sum of twenty thousand naira (N 20, 000. 00) per annum, as long as he/she maintains a CGPA of 3.5 and above,â€ he said.
Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Hussein enjoined parents toÂ warn their children to steer clear of cult related activities saying that cultism is evil and those who participate in it are not only wreaking havoc on themselves but on the society at large. Rather, he encouraged students to get involve in sporting activities and make use of the available sporting facilities provided at the LASU stadium adding that by so doing, they will not only pass through the University but the University will pass through them.
He solicit further the coâ€“operation of parents/guardians to join the Parentsâ€™ Forum of the University so that they can participate in moulding the character of the students to become responsible men and women in the future.
The V C noted that the 2009/2010 admissions exercise was transparent and based on merit. According to Hussein: â€œThere were quotas for the two categories of candidates considered, Lagos State indigenes and those from other States. Admission selection was based on these approved quotas. Those who claimed to be of Lagos State origin were required to substantiate their claim to Lagos State indigene ship.
A very transparent, thorough and fair body called the Independent Indigene ship Verification Committee (IIVC) was constituted for this purpose. During the exercise, candidates with false claims had their provisional admission offers withdrawn.â€
He enjoined the matriculants not to rest on their oars stressing that there are still greater challenges and tasks ahead insisting that they should pay serious attention to their studies to maintain a good standing throughout theirÂ academic sojourn in the University.
Also, the V C pointed out that LASUâ€™s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre has been upgraded to enable the University meet some of the challenges of the 21st century, and to reduce the stress being encountered by students in the course of registration, release of results and obtaining vital information about the University.
He assured students that they are now privileged to obtain examination results through the Internet before commencement of a new semester adding that all information relating to Lagos State University can now be accessed on the Universityâ€™s website.
â€œThe University has provided adequate facilities and security services that would enable students maximize their academic potentials in a conducive learning environment,â€ he noted.