In a resounding call for academic dedication and moral uprightness, Kakalistiq.com reports that Professor Bilikisu Lafiaji-Okuneye, the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University of Education (LASUED), addressed newly admitted students during their orientation exercise on Monday, January 22nd, 2024. Emphasizing the need for abstinence against cultism, internet fraud, and campus dating, the Vice-Chancellor highlighted the university’s commitment to upholding dignity and academic excellence.
Professor Lafiaji-Okuneye, ably represented by the Head of Campus, Noforija, Epe, Dr. Olumuyiwa Viatonu, welcomed the full-time degree students of the 2023/2024 academic session with immense pleasure. In her address during the orientation program, she congratulated the students for securing admission into the esteemed institution, acknowledging the hurdles they overcame. The Vice-Chancellor described LASUED as a unique and professional university dedicated to scholarly excellence, taking pride in excellent professionalism.
The orientation program, according to the Vice-Chancellor, serves not only to inform students about LASUED’s courses but also to expose them to a range of support services and opportunities provided by the university. Designed to enrich students’ experiences and enhance their chances of growth and development, the program also acquaints them with the university’s rules, regulations, and way of life.
Professor Lafiaji-Okuneye expressed the university’s commitment to guiding students through the new phase of their academic lives. Recognizing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, she encouraged students to embrace new ways of thinking and doing things. Various speakers during the orientation program would provide insights into university education concepts, ensuring students are well-prepared for the academic journey.
The Vice-Chancellor emphasized LASUED’s commitment to producing graduate teachers equipped with essential capacities for the future. She highlighted the university’s top-notch facilities, including a well-stocked library, teaching laboratory, ICT resources, sports, and recreational activities. While encouraging students to utilize these facilities, she urged them to protect and maintain the campus environment.
Expressing zero tolerance for anti-social behaviours, Professor Lafiaji-Okuneye sternly addressed the issues of cultism, examination malpractice, fighting, indecent dressing, extortion, violent behaviour, sexual harassment, prostitution, and other illicit acts. She warned that any students involved in such activities would face decisive action from the university’s Senate.
The Vice-Chancellor spoke candidly about the dangers of campus dating, cautioning students against the pitfalls of multiple partners, hidden agendas, and the potential consequences of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. She also warned against engaging in criminal acts, particularly internet fraud, reinforcing the importance of hard work, honesty, and integrity.
Professor Lafiaji-Okuneye urged students to uphold values such as the dignity of labour, humility, perseverance, and accountability. She expressed the university’s responsibility to prepare students for a bright future, encouraging them to emerge from LASUED as knowledgeable and skilled individuals ready to serve the nation.
The colourful event, which witnessed inspiring lectures from seasoned academic and administrative staff members, saw the outpouring of accolades on COLCAED students of the Yoruba department who presented a drama sketch, eliciting handshakes and commendations from the HOC and other top members of the university management.