Vice Chancellor Indicts Staff Over Illegal Sale Of Lagos State University Land

The Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. John Obafunwa, on Wednesday disclosed that some staff members of the institution were involved in the illegal sale of the university land in Ojo.

The vice-chancellor added that part of the institution’s main campus in Ojo was encroached upon and sold because the university did not have Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) before now.

He made the disclosure at the University auditorium while he marked his third anniversary in office and reeled out how he had been able to turn around the crisis-ridden institution in three years.

Obafunwa, who gave his account of stewardship before thousands of lecturers and students, remarked that all staff members of the institution would definitely reap what they sowed.

He said it was possible for them to encroach upon the institution’s land because the university “had no Certificate of Occupancy. But the university now has Certificate of Occupancy.

“An aerial survey has been conducted to solve the problem of encroachment. With the development, all those who encroached on LASU’s land have become tenants and will now pay land rents to the university.”

Giving his account of stewardship, the vice-chancellor said his administration “has worked tirelessly to ensure prompt response to student matters and timely release of result which can be easily accessed on the university’s website.”

He explained that the university had got either full or partial accreditation for 61 out of 62 courses, stressing that the management would continue to review its academic programmes.

He said the review “becomes important to ensure that they are in line with modern trends and best practices with relevance to the needs of the state and the society at large. Some of the rested academic programmes of the university were resuscitated and repackaged.

He said the administration “has established a number of projects including LASU School of transportation, university laboratory, renovation of lecture theatre, staff quarters among others.”

He commended the lecturers and students for their support which he said aided the administration on the recorded feat. As the saying goes, the very first step in achieving prosperity and wealth is learning to appreciate what you already have.

“It is against this backdrop that I will like to say that the university in the last three years has undergone tremendous transformation in terms of academic and non-academic activities. As a university, we have recorded some ground breaking and monumental feats in the course of translating our challenges into opportunities.”

He also charged the student to conduct themselves properly so as to project the institution in good light and also help in their development, noting that it was only an atmosphere of peace and understanding that could guarantee academic excellence and progress.

Source: This Day
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