The Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello has enjoined the management of Lagos State University (LASU) to channel the institution’s academic programmes towards societal and entrepreneurial needs to ensure rapid development.
Bello who was the guest speaker at the 4th annual distinguished lecture and awards of Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators (ANUPA-LASU) with the theme “The Challenge of Town and Gown Partnership in Lagos” said the university must be able to think outside the box to tackle the socio-economic problems.
According to Bello, “We must begin to channel our energies in a direction that would ensure an effective tackling of our societal problems at large. This, he said would help in restoring significance of the gown as a credible symbol of intellectual attainment.
“LASU should stand to be counted in the historic challenge of unleashing the potentials of this great megacity as a catalyst for rapid transformation in Nigeria and Africa at large.”
With immense intellectual capacity at its disposal, Bello maintained that LASU academic community alongside its professional administrators can play an active role in helping to achieve the task of rejuvenating the state and placing her on a trajectory of irreversible progress.
He said it is imperative for the institution to come up with ideas and relevant technology that can help the state in converting its wastes into more productive and beneficial uses, stressing that the task ahead of the university is far more onerous and critical than the path already traversed.