‘I'll Reposition LASU’

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Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa, the new Vice Chancellor for the Lagos State University, LASU, has promised to reposition the school.

Obafunwa made the pledge when the newly inaugurated Students’ Union Government, SUG, led by Mr. Durojaiye Akeem and other officials paid a courtesy visit to the vice chancellor in his office in Ikeja, Lagos.

In an address read by the student union leader, Durojaiye Akeem enumerated some of the vice chancellor’s achievements while he was the Provost, Lagos State University College of Medicine, LASUCOM, Ikeja and urged him to continue doing the same as Vice Chancellor of the university.

Responding, Professor Oladapo Obafunwa said he was able to achieve the little while he was the Provost, Lagos State University, College of Medicine, LASUCOM, because he was lucky to have worked with like-minded people with support of the Lagos State governor under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was a listening governor and a democrat. He added that the governor differentiated the Lagos State University College of Medicine, LASUCOM, from the main campus and gave the Provost a free hand to operate.

The Vice Chancellor promised to do more if given the opportunity to do so.

Earlier in his speech, Professor Obafunwa used the opportunity to advise students to stay out of cultism and other characters that will tarnish the image of the school, their families and even the nation in general.

He added that life is simple as both the rich and the poor are created the same way; it is only what one wishes for himself or herself that he or she becomes in the nearest future.

In response to a question from the students, Professor Obafunwa said, he has not resumed as the vice chancellor and urged the students to cooperate with the acting school chancellor to enable him achieve success before his own resumption on November 1, 2011.

Obafunwa said he can only build on foundation that was laid down by his predecessor in office. He added that the infrastrature in the school would have improved more if more funds had been available, because the funds made available to the school was too small.

Professor Obafunwa promised to bring investors to the school that will invest in the hostel and other things on a build operate and transfer basis agreement as the school could not rely on subvention from government alone.

—Afolabi Oladele