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JUST IN: LASU new Vice-chancellor hits ground running, engages students, others

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, has resume duty, barely four days after her appointment by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as the ninth VC for the State-owned institution.

Olatunji-Bello, on resumption, has begun to engage students and other relevant stakeholders of the institution on her plans and how LASU can become a citadel of learning that attracts not only students from the country but foreign students, particularly from other continents.

The new Vice-Chancellor was received on an assumption of duty on Monday by a grand reception organised by members of staff, students, and other members of the University Community.

As early as 7am, eager stakeholders were already gathering in front of the Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building in anticipation of the arrival of the Professor of Physiology who served, ten years ago, as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University.

One hour after, Olatunji-Bello arrived on the expansive Campus of the University in Ojo, to a carnival-like reception from students who were adorned in a purple t-shirt with the inscription “31st LASUSU welcomes Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, 9th Vice-Chancellor of LASU”.

The jubilant students, who were soon joined by other members of the LASU Community escorted her vehicle from the Iba gate to the Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building from where she would administer the University for the next five years.

After warmly exchanging pleasantries with the Acting VC, Prof. Oyedamola Oke, and other members of the University Management, she was immediately accompanied to her office through the elevator.

In her address to the students and staff, Olatunji-Bello said that their welfare was uppermost on her mind, adding that her Administration would create more opportunities for their advancement.

She, meanwhile, sought their active support and cooperation for her administration and called for peace to continue to reign across the institution.

“Your welfare is important to me. We will ensure that the learning environment is conducive and competitive and we will provide the infrastructure for you. We will also ensure University scholars awards is revamped. All university scholars will get a 50 percent refund of their school fees yearly. We will also provide studentship employment opportunities”, she said to a loud ovation from the students.

“I want to thank you for giving me this warm welcome. I promise that your welfare will be paramount to me and you will get whatever is due to you. All your allowances will be paid. However, I want to seek your support and urge that we all allow peace to reign for the good of our University”, she enthused before returning to her office to commence meetings with various stakeholders of the university, including staff and students’ unions.

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