LASU seeks support for institutional advancement
Director of the unit, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, who stated this while unveiling the objectives of the initiative, added that the new unit would also strive to among other objectives, secure philanthropic support from well-meaning Nigerians, companies, corporate entities and organisations, with a view to enhancing the institution’s self-sustenance, supporting its academic research and community service goals.
She said that achieving success was not a function of luck, or chance, but through collective thoughts, focused attention and deliberate action towards achieving set goals, thus the management’s resolve to set up the unit.
The first advancement lecture of the unit, which held yesterday, she said was an avenue to celebrate and encourage past and present benefactors of the university, while also attracting philanthropic support from other well-meaning Nigerians.
She said, “With the realisation that school fees and government alone cannot properly afford the kind of education desirous in LASU by our VC, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, the new unit was created to help advance the course of the institution. It will help us to formulate strategies for attracting donations from philanthropists; interface with alumni association, faculties, schools, colleges, friends and parents with a view to ensuring a coordinated approach to endowment and fund raising activities.
“Also we have created a hall of fame, which is an avenue to showcase benefactors of the university through display of support for the university on electronic scroll at the Senate Building. The categories include platinum, diamond, gold, silver and bronze. We have also secured the support of the management to start the staff check-off scheme/monthly pay-roll contribution, and the students’ endowment fee, as means of staff/student contribution towards the development of the university.”
On whether staff/student involvement will not stir fresh crisis in the institution, she said there wouldn’t be such because students will be the beneficiaries of the dividends. The scholarship scheme, the upgrade of infrastructure and total transformation of academic programme outweighs the stipends they are made to pay.
For the staff, they have to consent and approve that certain amount of money be deducted from their salaries monthly or otherwise. There is no fixed amount and it is not compulsory and I assure you there won’t be victimisation on any staff members that declines to contribute, but there would be incentives for those that would contribute.”