VICE President, Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode have commissioned the new Senate Building of Lagos State University (LASU).
They expressed optimism that the ultra-modern edifice would go a long way in enhancing academic activities and positively change the landscape of the institution.
Delivering the 23rd convocation lecture of the university on the theme: “African Centres of Excellence in African Universities: A Veritable Catalyst for Nation Building and Development,” the Vice President said that time had come for African countries to invest more in education to lift the people of the continent out of poverty.
“So what do we need to do to convert our country to the greatest centre for innovation and creativity in the world? Three things: number one education, number two education and number three education. The truth is that education is the most powerful force for socio-economic change in the world.
While expressing federal government’s commitment to continue to collaborate with the universities to play up education of the people, Osinbajo said this had become imperative owing to the fact that education remained the most important force to global change.
Speaking earlier, former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, who chaired the convocation lecture, urged African Universities to move away from the colonial system of education and focus on science and technology to engender growth and development of the continent.
He said universities must provide visionary leadership and have academic autonomy, while political institutions must also avoid interference with the running of academic institutions.
On his part, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying to note that LASU was now well-positioned to be among Nigeria’s leading universities and a proper citadel of learning and character development.
He said aside from amending the laws of the university and embarking on massive upgrade of infrastructure, the government also selected individuals with experience, dedication and a track record of remarkable leadership to lead the governing council, adding that the development changed the narrative of the university.
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