Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 performed the official commissioning of the newly built UNILAG Marine Security Police Post.
The security post which replaces the one built in 1991/1992 by the then Prof. Nurudeen Alao led UNILAG management was part of the TETFund year 2020 Special Intervention Projects.
Flanked by other senior management staff of the university alongside a delegation of senior police officers from Lagos State Command, Prof. Ogundipe who appreciated TETFund for the support said the Marine Police Post signifies part of the university management’s efforts to ensure top-notch security across and beyond the campus community.
While lauding the spontaneous collaboration and support which the university has enjoyed from the Lagos State Police Command over the years, the Vice-Chancellor described the police post as a project which will further help to ward off as well as tame activities of miscreants along the campus coastal borders.
He elucidated on the peculiarities of UNILAG with a students’ population of over 67,000, staff strength of over 5,000 and a daily flow of about 9,000 persons in and out of campus and challenged the police on the need for increased monitoring, particularly along the coastal areas.
Speaking on behalf of the Lagos State Police Command, Commander in charge of Area ‘C’, ACP Fatai Tijani who led the police delegation to the event said the newly built Marine Security Police Post, situated on the Lagoon front of the University of Lagos complements police’s efforts to improve security especially along coastal areas.
ACP Tijani who represented the Lagos State Police Commissioner; CP Akeem Odumosu lauded the Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe led management of UNILAG for a robust relationship with the police stressing that the Marine Security Police Post will improve police presence in and around UNILAG campus and strengthen surveillance along the Iwaya, Makoko, Oworonshoki and other coastal areas.
Highpoint of the ceremony was the formal cutting of ribbon by Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, flanked by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services, Professor Lucian Obinna Chukwu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development Services, Professor Ayodele Atsenuwa, the Registrar, Mr. Azeez Oladejo, Provost, College of Medicine, Professor David Oke among others as well as the police delegation led by ACP Fatai Tijani who represented the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr Akeem Odumosu.