By Abdulwahab Abdulah
THE Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has appealed for all possible support from the institution’s alumni, declaring that government alone cannot meet all its needs.
The VC said the institution would not only celebrate any alumnus who obliged the call, but would also be accountable on any such gesture received.
Fagbohun, a professor of commercial law, said this at the institution’s Faculty of Law, when one of the visiting alumni, Mr. Abimbola Atilola, donated some law books to the faculty’s library.
He said by giving back to the varsity, the alumni have the opportunity of earning themselves a space in the institution’s annual record of those who are contributing to its growth, adding that such a report would be circulated around the world.
Atilola, a practising lawyer, and principal partner of Hybrid Consult, was received by Fagbohun alongside the Dean of the Faculty of Law, LASU, Prof. F.R.A. Adeleke.
The VC was accompanied by the university’s registrar, Mr. Akinwunmi Lewis, bursar, Mr. Adetayo Hassan, librarian, Dr. Adebambo Oduwole and a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Mike Ikhariale.
Addressing Atilola and his team, the VC said, “You may not understand the importance of what you have started off today, but I am sure posterity will judge you right. I only make a plea of you, the stage at which this faculty is at the moment, the faculty needs you and more of people like you. Don’t let us deceive ourselves, government cannot do it alone. As a matter of fact, government will do only just about 10 per cent… We need the alumni of this university.”
The VC charged Atilola to convey the message to other alumni of the university that the school would not allow any of their contributions to go unnoticed but would be accountable.
In his address, the Dean, Faculty of Law, Prof Raheem Adekele said, what the Alumni has done will go a long way to improve the academic excellence of the students. Addressing all the visiting alumni of the law faculty, the dean, Adeleke, also urged them to partner the faculty, “in any venture that will foster academic and research excellence.”
He noted that with a tuition of only N25,000, the faculty was giving the best of legal education to its undergraduates, stressing, however, that this could only be sustained through the help of its alumni.
Responding, Atilola said he felt obliged to donate books to the library because despite being an indigent undergraduate, who could not afford textbooks, he still came out with good grades by relying on the library materials.
He said, “I graduated from this university with a second class upper. I doubt if I would have been able to achieve that feat if I didn’t have access to a public library like this LASU Law library – a very rich library. I came in as an indigent student, I couldn’t buy all the various books recommended, I relied completely on the library. “Secondly, I also know that worldwide alumni associations are usually the pillars of growth and development of universities. So, these are my major reasons for doing this.”
He said alumni associations are usually the pillars of growth and development, while promising not only making more contributions but to sensitise other alumni “who I know will be willing and are capable to do similar things.”
The university librarian, Oduwole, said the books would enrich the library and further bring it up to date.