LASU Graduates 8,959 Students, 76 Bags 1st Class [Press Briefing]

Lagos State University (LASU) Graduates Eight Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty Nine (8,959) Diploma, First & Higher Degrees Graduands, Seventy Six (76) Bags First Class Honours at the 24th Convocation Ceremonies [Press Briefing].

The Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, at the press conference of the 24th convocation ceremonies of the institution scheduled to hold from Friday, 20th to Friday, 27th March, 2020, disclosed that a total number of 8,959 students comprising of Diploma, First & Higher Degrees will receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates at this year's Convocation.

According to him this year’s Convocation ceremony would run for eight (8) days. After today’s Press Briefing, the ceremonies will continue on Friday, 20th to Friday, 27th March, 2020, when we will hold our Convocation Lecture and Award of Higher Degrees.

This year 24th Convocation of the Lagos State University is a departure from those of the previous years. The goal is to give more opportunities for our graduating students to be celebrated.

To this end, the ceremonies this year will run for Eight (8) days starting with today's Convocation Press Conference.

RECOMMENDED: LASU 24th Convocation Ceremony Programme of Events 2020.

He also gave the Analysis of the Data of Graduating Students which includes a total of 8,959 will receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates at this year's Convocation. Of this number, 6,485 will receive First Degrees and Diplomas while 2,620 students will receive Higher Degrees as approved by the University Senate. 

A summary of this figure is stated below:

SUMMARY OF GRADUANDS: DIPLOMAS PROGRAMME

FACULTY
DISTINCTION
MERIT
UPPER CREDIT
LOWER CREDIT
CREDIT
PASS
TOTAL
ARTS
-
-
11
13
-
-
24
EDUCATION
25
2
12
10
30
-
79
ENGINEERING
2
-
6
-
-
-
8
LAW
2
-
31
35
-
6
74
MANAGEMENT SCIENCES
-
-
19
11
-
-
30
GRAND TOTAL
29
2
79
69
30
6
215

SUMMARY OF GRADUANDS: FIRST DEGREES (FULL – TIME AND PART – TIME) PROGRAMME

FACULTY
FIRST CLASS HONOURS
SECOND CLASS HONOURS UPPER DIVISION
SECOND CLASS HONOURS LOWER DIVISION
THIRD CLASS HONOURS
PASS DEGREE
TOTAL

ARTS
4
105
556
99
4
768
BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES
1
3
1
-
-
5
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (MBBS & BDS)
1
-
72
-
-
73
EDUCATION
12
325
1044
55
3
1439
ENGINEERING
6
72
45
1
-
124
LAW
2
4
7
13
1
27
MANAGEMENT SCIENCES
17
255
1682
108
7
2069
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION
-
62
139
16
-
217
SCHOOL OF TRANSPORT
1
20
11
-
-
32
SCIENCE
24
203
526
65
11
829
SOCIAL SCIENCES
8
134
411
61
-
614
GRAND TOTAL
76
1183
4494
418
26
6270

SUMMARY OF GRADUANDS: HIGHER DEGREES AS APPROVED BY SENATE PROGRAMME

ARTS
22
120
102
3
247
EDUCATION
118
176
22
24
340
ENGINEERING
25
49
NIL
NIL
74
LAW
4
6
23
NIL
33
MANAGEMENT SCIENCE
459
169
797
4
1,429
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
2
7
7
NIL
16
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION
1
10
15
NIL
26
SCHOOL OF TRANSPORT
NIL
39
34
1
74
SCIENCE
242
48
NIL
NIL
290
SOCIAL SCIENCES
5
21
30
NIL
56
CESSED
4
19
4
3
30
CENTRE FOR PLANNING STUDIES
5
NIL
NIL
NIL
5
TOTAL
887
664
1,034
35
2620

Outstanding Performances of Graduates

Gentleman of the press, one thing that will immediately strike you in the breakdown above is the number of First Class graduands that we have produced this year. I am proud to announce to you that 76 graduands will be awarded First Class Honours in various Faculties of the University. This is the highest in the history of the University and breakdown shows that the Faculty of Arts produced 4 First Class Graduands (among them is a First Class graduate in English Language, the first ever from the Department); Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, 1; MBBS, 1; Faculty of Education, 12; Faculty of Engineering produced 6; Faculty of Law produced 2 while Faculty of Management Sciences produced 17; School of Transport produced 1; Faculty of Science produced 24, once again the highest in the University; and Faculty of Social Sciences produced 8 to make a total of 75. We are thrilled and excited at how our students have continued to raise the bar.

The breakdown of the other Classes of Degrees is as follows: a total of 1,183 had Second Class Upper, 4,494 had Second Class Lower, 418 finished with Third Class Honours while 26 other have a pass Degree.

I am happy to announce that the Best Graduating Student for 2018/2019 Academic Session (at this Convocation) is Shotunde Oladimeji Idris from the Business Administration Department, Faculty of Management Sciences with Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.95. This is a huge achievement and we are very proud of him. It is instructive that Shotunde and another of his colleague, Kehinde Adebiyi, have just written a book tittled “Nature Pays Diligence”. It is a compendium that chronicles their experience of the last four years. We are very proud of this initiative of theirs in that it will go a long to help way to help those who are coming behind.

For the Higher Degrees, we will be awarding a total of 35 Doctorate Degrees, 1034 Professional Masters Degree, 664 Academic Masters Degree and 887 Postgraduate Diplomas, to make a total 2620 Higher Degree Awards.

We congratulate all our graduands for proving to be worthy in character and learning to earn the certificate of this prestigious institution. We wish them nothing but the best as they move forward to positively impact the world.

Gentlemen of the press, what you may also have observed is that the number of graduands for this year’s Convocation Ceremony is less than what we had every year for the past three years. This is so because over the last four years, we have progressively cleared a vast majority of outstanding results, and graduated deserving Graduands over the period.

The era of students being unsure of their academic status or having to wait perpetually to be cleared after their programme is over for good in our great university. This was a promise we made four years ago, and to the glory of God, we have fulfilled it.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LAST ONE YEAR

The significant rise in quality and class of our graduating student is a clear reflection of the conducive and stable environment and the overall progress we have made as an institution in the last four years. The period between the last Convocation and this is particularly interesting for us in many aspects, most notably, the area of Teaching, Research and Community Service.

RESEARCH

Research is an integral part of a University. In an effort to bolster our research output in the University, we established the Directorate of Research and Development, headed by a former Provost of the College of Medicine, Prof. Olumuyiwa Odusanya. The Directorate organized the first ever Research Fair in September, 2019 with the Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN as the Keynote Speaker. Along with other initiatives, I am happy to inform you that we are already reaping the rewards of those efforts through a number of grants won by our academics:

Dean of the School of Transport, Prof. S.G Odewunmi this February, won a competitive funding grant of Fifty Thousand Euro (€50,000) for his research effort titled "Comparative Analysis of the E-Hailing Mobility Services in Selected Cities in West, East and Southern Africa"

Also in January this year, a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Prof. Olusegun Akinyemi, won a Twenty Thousand Euro(€20,000) research grant from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation in January,2020; he also won €25,000 research grant in 2017;

Prof. Banji Fajonyomi of Faculty of Management Science won a research grant in the sum of Eighteen Million Naira (N18,000000) in 2019 from TETFund;

Prof. Comfort Ibidapo of Faculty of Science won a research grant to the tune of Fourteen Million Naira (N14,802,0212019) from TETFund;

Prof. Abiodun Adewuya, Acting Provost of the College of Medicine together with jis team of researchers won a Ninety-Five Thousand Euro (€95,000) grant pursuant to an application made to the Global Maternal & Neo-Natal Health funding call 2019.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, has also produced some research works as follows:

  • Production of Paraffin and Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons from Wet Pets
  • Auto Switching On/Off and Intensify Control of Street Light.
  • Production of Fructose from unripe/slightly ripe/ overripe plantain without enzyme
  • Design and implementation of a Biometric Hostel Access Control System
  • Solar Generator (All in One)
  • Solar Intelligent Lighting System.

These are among some other research efforts by academics in the University and we are proud of them all.

INNOVATIONS

We also provided an enabling environment for innovations to thrive on our campuses, to the end that we have in the last one year recorded quite a number of efforts in innovations by our staff and students:
Just two weeks ago, when I paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), I announced that the University has developed a technology to combat carbon monoxide emission in vehicles. Its an App that will measure the level of Carbon Monoxide emission.

Through the Department of Science, we also created the LASU Monitor App for safety, security and information dissemination to our students and staff.

Our Department of Computer Science also created the LASU Course Management System( LASU- CMS) an e- course software that will assist lecturers manage courses better, improve the way teaching is conducted, assist in monitoring students attendance, evaluate the performance of lecturers, provide materials needed for the classes, record classroom work, help to manage large classes, checkmate similarities in assignments submitted by students and allow them to know their continuous assessment before examination

We also created an online Lecturers appraisal platform for students to give feedbacks on the teachers;

Come next semester, we are also going to launch an App to monitor attendance and participation in class, the first of its kind in Nigeria.

ACADEMIC

Stream 2 Admission:
In an effort to provide learning opportunity for more admission seekers into the University, in 2019, we created the Stream 2 Admission Programme for students to acquire a degree in their preferred course in addition to a certificate in Entrepreneurship. The LASU Stream 2 programme, the first of its kind in Nigeria, was borne out of concern to give more access to admission seekers who subscribe to the University. The Stream Two programme is unique in such a way that students have the benefit of acquiring entrepreneurial skills in different vocations to prepare them for life after the University, in addition to the regular degree certificate, at a cost slightly higher than the one paid by the regular students.

Accreditation: It is heartwarming to state that the University has obtained accreditation for ALL our programmes. We also succeeded in doing the resource assessment foe a number of other programmes. As it stands, we do not currently have any programme unaccredited.

Introduction of new Programmes:
As much as we are expanding our coast at the undergraduate level, we also introduced some postgraduate programmes in line with the demands of current times. The postgraduate programmes introduced are:
  • Doctor of Public Administration (Dpa);
  • Doctor of Business Administration (Dba);
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Finance;
  • Doctor of Education (D.Ed) in Educational Management;
  • Master of Business Administration with Specialization in Oil & Gas and Risk Management;
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) In Production and Operations Management (FullTime;
  • Master in Banking and Finance (Professional),
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Risk Management and Insurance;
  • Master of Risk Management Programme;
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Risk Management And Insurance; All at The Faculty of Management Sciences;
  • Masters in Educational Test Measurement and Evaluation at the Faculty of Education; and
  • Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programme (Part-Time) at the School of Transport.

We also commenced the HND Conversion programme in line with regulatory guidelines. The goal is to provide the opportunity for HND graduates who are desirous of having a University Degree to take a six semester conversion course here at the Lagos State University and obtain a degree. In the first admission exercise, Candidates were admitted in eleven (11) programmes across different faculties in the University for the 2year programme.

Commencement Lecture at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Innovative STEM Education: Earlier this year, precisely on the 14th January, 2020, the Commencement Lecture of the Africa Centre of Excellence in Innovative STEM Education (ACEITSE) held at it's new building, main Campus, Ojo. The Africa Centre of Excellence for Innovative STEM Education (ACEITSE), under the headship of former NUC Executive Secretary, Distinguished Professor Peter Okebukola, implies that LASU is now capable of generating new knowledge in that field and is primed to admit international students subsequently.

INFASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Across the landscape of our University Campuses are construction projects at varying degrees of completion. These constructions are a pointer to the massive infrastructural development being witnessed by the University. Some of the recently completed facilities include:

The Africa Centre of Excellence Building funded by Tetfund

Primary Healthcare Centre donated by Federal Government of Nigeria (awaiting opening) (SGD Project)

Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies Building (Tetfund);

Ultramodern CBT centre financed on a PPP arrangement with Providus Bank;

Alumni Association Secretariat constructed by the LASU Alumni Association;

Ongoing Donated Projects: One of the gains of peace and inclusive governance in the University is that well meaning individuals and organizations are now validating the University by committing their resources through donations of facilities and endowment for her development. With gratitude to the donors, the following are examples of such goodwill:

Donation of an Ultra Modern ICT Centre by Chief Samuel Adedoyin;
Donation of a Technology Hub by a Philanthropist;

Also worthy of mention are some other new construction projects that are ongoing in the campus, including the 200 Million Naira LASU Centre for Afro Brazilian Studies Museum, whose ground breaking ceremony took place during the LASUCAS 1st International Conference in February, this year. Very soon, we will also be inviting you to cover the groundbreaking ceremony of the 8,000 Bed space hostel which construction has been awarded by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in fulfillment of the new residential policy of the University. The project was awarded in a well-covered event in December, 2019.

Other projects which we expect will further beautify our campus, and improve our infrastructural capital include:

a Lecture Theatre pledged by Rev. Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi; fully furnished Auditorium pledged by the Awori Forum

STAFF AND STUDENTS ATTAINEMNTS

The remarkable achievements of our staff and students in the last one year supports the assertion that when there is an enabling environment, a lot of potentials can be realized in life. Amongst others, the following are noteworthy:

STUDENTS

Consistent increase in the number of our first class graduates over the last four years (7 in 2016, 26 in 2017, 26 in 2018, 57 in 2019 and 75 in 2020);

Lagos State University contingent once again emerged the Best School Delegation at the 12th Nigerian International Institutions Model United Nations(NITIMUN) Conference in Abuja in December, 2019 winning the competition for a record 4th time in a roll and winning several laurels in the process;

Tolani Odukoya, a 400L student of Medicine and Surgery, Lagos State University College of Medicine, was selected as one of the participant for the Harvard Crossroad Emerging Leaders Programme;

Two [2] Students, Kehinde Oreoluwa Adebiyi and Toluwalase Soyemi Adebiyi were selected for Millenium Fellowship of the United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network

STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS:

The outstanding qualities of our staff are being recognized far and wide, leading to a number of them getting local and international appointments:

A Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Management Science, Dr. Adewale Aderemi recently appointed a Director at the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies.

A Professor in the Faculty of Education, Prof. Bidemi Lafiaji-Okuneye was appointed Provost, AOCOED by the Governor

Dr. Francis Faduyile from the College of Medicine was elected National President, Nigeria Medical Association

Former Chairman, SSANU-LASU, a staff of our Health Centre Comrade Agnes Sesi was elected Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Lagos Chapter, amongst others and they are all doing very well.

ENTRENCHMENT OF PEACE THROUGH MANAGEMENT-UNIONS RELATIONSHIP

No doubt, peace is a panacea for development. Our modest achievements in the last four years have been due in no small measure to the support and cooperation of all stakeholders. By implications, we have had more than four years of unbroken academic calendar culminating in quite a number of developmental attainments for the University. In entrenching peace in the University, we recognized the role of communication, thus we will continue constant engagements with our unions.

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

Within the last one year, we have been able to enter into partnerships and collaborations with reputable institutions and Bodies both locally and internationally, as part of our effort to place the University among the leading institutions in Nigeria. Some of the collaborations include:

Partnership with Michigan State University on students and staff exchange Programmes among others;

Partnership with Chicago State University on education, business and cultural development;
Partnership with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) on research and technology

All these are in addition to the existing local and international partnerships and Collaborations such as:

Partnerships with the Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC) for the provision of learning, capacity building and management development programmes in Local Government administration;

Partnership between Lagos State University School of Communication and the Birmingham City University School of Media under the Erasmust Higher Education Students and Staff Mobility Programme of the European Union;

Collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre for the establishment of United Nations Corner in the LASU Library and installation of LASU academics within United Nations Academic Impact Project;

Academic collaboration with some colleges of Education in the country to run Degree Programmes under the LASU Sandwich Degree Programme;

Collaboration with the Nigerian Airforce, Ministry of Defence on Research and Development in the areas of:
  • Aerospace Engineering;
  • Aerospace and Satellite Corporation
  • Artificial Intelligence and robotics by use of software
  • Weather simulation systems and weather remote monitoring systems for us on airfields.
  • Collaboration with National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja on Development and Delivery of Teaching Research and Community Service and Space research;

Collaboration with the following foreign institutions in the area of staff and students:
  • London Southbank University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Winneba, Ghana
  • Technical University of Freiburg, Germany 

Partnership with Michigan State University on students and staff exchange Programmes among others;
Partnership with Chicago State University on education, business and cultural development.
Collaboration with Cornell University; Ford Foundation in the area of scholarship, research and staff exchange
Execution of various Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with reputable Institutions such as Huawei ICT Academy, Dutch Centre for Entrepreneurship, Food and Agriculture Organization and Linus University, Sweden.

ALSO WORTHY OF MENTION:

2nd Discovery Lecture was held in December, 2019 with Veteran Journalist and Publisher, Dr. Haroun Adamu as Speaker;

We hosted the World Wildlife Day through the Centre for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development in Collaboration with the United State Consulate

We organized the 3rd Distinguished Lecture for our students with Mrs Funke Adekoya, SAN, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, and Bountiful Taiwo Adelanwa as Speakers and the Honourable Justice Amina Adamu Augie, Justice of the Supreme Court as Chairman of the Occasion;

Through the Directorate of Research Management, we hosted the 1st LASU Research Fair with Minister of Works and Hosing, ,Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola as Keynote Speaker and Eminent Lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, as Chairman;

Maiden Faculty of Social Science Lecture with the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat as Guest Lecturer;

First ever celebration of Lagos Cultural Heritage through the LASU IBILE (Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe) organized by staff as a testament to the peace and unity that reigns in the University

Provision of career opportunities for our students and alumni through the First LASU Career Fair at Ojo and Epe Campuses by the LASU Career Development Centre, which was also followed by another Career Fair held in partnership with recruitment firm- Jobberman;

The 1st International Conference of the Lagos State University Centre for Afro-Brazilian (LASUCAS) and foundation laying ceremony of the LASUCAS museum held in February this year,

We hosted the ReadySetWork 4.0, an employability initiative by the State Government for final year students. LASU

We had seven (7) Inaugural Lectures between July and December, 2019

Through the Faculty of Arts, we hosted the 90th Birthday Lecture in honour of the First Executive Governor of the State, Alh. Lateef Jakande where we named the longest road in the University Main Campus after him.

We hosted the first School of Transport Public Lecture delivered by the Corp Marshall, Federal Road Safety Corp, Dr. Oyeyemi Boboye in July 2019

Through the Faculty of Management Sciences, we also hosted the Chairman Heirs Holding, Mr. Tony Elumelu at the Faculty of Management Sciences Annual Guest Lecture

We also developed a sexual harassment policy that encourages whistleblowing by our students, and set strict guidelines for investigation and adjudication

We have also developed policy guidelines for the Conduct of Examinations in all our campuses.

Through the Health Centre, the University has also put measures in place to prevent the spread of Convid-19 on our campuses.

CONCLUSION

Moments like this provide avenue for us as an Institution to share with you, our achievements and successes. We will not rest on our oars. We will continue to strive to achieve more.
My sincere and profound appreciation goes to all the media practitioners who are here today and those who have developed a passion for us, but who for one reason or the other are not here today. We recognize the prominent role you all played and still playing in the success story that Lagos State University is today.
I thank you all.

Professor Olanrewaju Adigun FAGBOHUN, PhD, SAN
National Productivity order of Merit Award Winner, 2019
Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University
13th March, 2020