Lagos- The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Prof. John Obafunwa, on Wednesday urged students and staff of the institution to shun activities that could disrupt the school’s academic calendar.
Obafunwa made the plea while presenting the scorecard of his 1095 days in office.
The vice chancellor said that any interruption in the academic calendar would affect the set goals of his administration to reposition the university.
“I appeal to the students not to do anything that will disrupt the institution’s academic calendar, so that the set objectives of the administration can be achieved,” he said.
Obafunwa said his administration was determined to pursue, without distraction, a strong mission to re-package the university’s academic programmes to fulfill the contemporary academic needs and challenges of the 21st century.
“The university, in the last three years, has undergone tremendous transformation in terms of academic and non-academic activities.
“As an institution, we have recorded some ground breaking and monumental feats in the course of translating our challenges into opportunities,” he said.
Obafunwa said that the event on his scorecard of 1095 days in office was not about him as an individual, but “of a collection of members of the university’’.
“All thanks to the state government, governing council, senate, deans of faculties, head of departments, staff, students and critics for their collective contributions toward the recorded development.
“I say thanks to the critics because their criticism prompted more things to be done,” he said.
Obafunwa said that the institution was waxing stronger in spite of the challenges it faced from various unions.
“I am not trying to give an impression that everything is smooth, as there are issues here and there, but we can always get them sorted out.
“Whatever we do, let us think of life after LASU and be mindful of the image we portray the university with outside the gate,” he said.
Obafunwa listed his achievements to include the completion of projects like School of Transport, LASU Radio Station, LASU International School, LASU new auditorium and Central language library.
Others, according to him, are the Taslim Elias Library and the 3-in-1 Auditorium (Faculty of Education).
Obafunwa also said that his administration introduced the electronic voting system for the students union, which cost the institution about a million naira.
“The administration ensured mobilisation of successful graduates for NYSC as and when due, and conducted convocation in the three years of reign
“Sixty-one out of the 62 programmes being run in the university have been duly accredited by the National University Commission.
“An appreciable number of students have benefited from various scholarship and bursary award from private and public organisation and government parastatals,” he said. (NAN)