By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The convocation lecture is titled, “Africa Centres of Excellence In African Universities: A Veritable Catalyst for Nation Building and Development”.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the university’s 23rd convocation news conference in Lagos.
According to the vice chancellor, the university will graduate 14,369 students during its 23rd convocation scheduled to hold between May 10 and May 16.
“Out of the number, 57 students will bag first class degrees, representing the highest figure in its 36 years of existence. A former president, Federal Republic of Ghana, John Mahama, will be chair the event.
Fagbohun said Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, will be the keynote speaker at the university’s maiden research fair scheduled for September 3.
He said that the research fair would be the first of its kind the university was organising; and that all universities in Nigeria would be attending.
According to him, the thrust of the fair is to build synergy between the academics and the industry towards mutual and beneficial relationship.
“The event scheduled to hold on September 3, is going to be a big one and the former governor of Lagos state and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, will be the keynote speaker,” he said.
Fagbohun also noted that all the students graduating during the convocation had been very well prepared for the labour market.
He said the “Ready, Set, Work’ Initiative” of the Lagos state government for final year and penultimate students, was a veritable platform for developing employability and entrepreneurial skills of students.
“In the course of the programme, they have been exposed to employers of labour, interacted with them, such that some of the students were offered employment even before they graduated,” he said.
According to him, the university has also set up the “LASU Career Development Centre” where students are admitted, registered and are continually trained on how to prepare a Curriculum Vitae and face interviewers.
He said the students were also guided by guidance counsellors, and associations they could join upon graduation.
“The platform, which is a continuous process, was launched sometimes last year and has been doing very well.
“It helps students, who are confused and, who do not know what to do, or how to find their bearing in life,” he said.
The vice-chancellor revealed that the university had also established a Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, where students were trained and co-opted for production of essential products.
“The water we are going to use for the upcoming convocation is being packaged by the students.
“We have already imparted into them the idea of self-reliance, seeking to start their own business and also to be employers of labour.
“This will enable them contribute effectively to the Nigeria enterprise,” he said.