VC harps on peace as key to development
The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University Ojo, (LASU), Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun has said that for development to take place in any organisation or institution, there must be peace, tolerance, unity and tranquility.
Fagbohun made this known during the maiden edition of LASU ‘Ibile Day’, an initiative of all the five divisions of Lagos State — Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe, held at the institution’s main auditorium.
He said: “The Ibile day symbolises that ‘Lagosians’ are given a pride of place in what is theirs. We do not advocate that non-indigenes should go. All of us must come together and work as one in Lagos and LASU.”
Fagbohun noted that the objective behind the celebration of Ibile day is to protect the peace that the institution now has. “This peace in the last four years has yielded immense development. This is why we need everyone onboard; everyone should use their energy to sustain peace and unity. This event is not to promote conflicts amongst indigenes and non-indigenes of Lagos State, but to celebrate our culture and heritage as well as protect the peace and unity we have.
“It takes a lot of time to build an institution, but a second to destroy it and at such, we must not allow what we have achieved to be destroyed. Management and Unions must remain responsible if this university must sustain its development,” he enthused.
In his remark, Chairman of the event Dr. Ade Dosunmu said the Ibile forum initiative is to promote excellence, which is what Lagos represents, not mediocrity. “Indigenes of Lagos must strive to be the best and ensure to put the best in leadership positions not mediocrities. We must let people know that as Lagosians, we are decent people, we are well-read and we are responsible,” he said.
Speaking on ‘Sustainability of the Giant Strides in LASU’, Dr. Hakeem Ajongbadi, one of the panelists at the event said it is impossible to put something on nothing, hence, the need for indigenes to shun mediocrity at all levels and embrace merit.
“We should not hide under the umbrella of indigene to promote mediocrity. For the system to develop, indigenes must imbibe the culture of excellence,” he said.
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