The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe, FAS, on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, received an Award of Excellence from UNILAG Drivers’ Association
The Award which was presented during the Association’s Inauguration Ceremony at the Senate Lounge, Senate House, was in recognition of his commitment to the welfare and promotion of members of the Association.
The Vice-Chancellor had, in 2021, played a major role in addressing the bureaucratic barrier imposed on their cadre by approving a 3-month Certificate in Driving Course (CDC). With the Certificate issued at the end of the Course, drivers in the University and College of Medicine can advance to CONTISS 11, as opposed to the previous CONTISS 9 bar.
While appreciating the drivers for the Award of Excellence, Professor Ogundipe reminisced on the journey towards making the Certificate in Driving Course (CDC) a success in the University. The Vice Chancellor recalled his assurance to the CDC participants that the certificate would be used as assessment during their annual evaluation and promotion exercise, as well as his promise that the certificate programme would be open to other drivers in the University system. He expressed excitement that he was the tool used to bring that to the University, and advised drivers to always obey traffic rules and regulations.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Professor Lucian Obinna Chukwu, while delivering his remarks, congratulated the drivers on the inauguration of the Association. He advised that the Association should focus more on taking care of its members. Prof. Chukwu also thanked them for kickstarting programmes leading to the send-forth ceremony for the outgoing Vice-Chancellor.
He, thereafter, congratulated them on the scholarship opportunity provided them by the University Management to participate in the Driving Course and advised that they ensure that they practice what they have been taught, to the maximum capacity.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor also appreciated the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Ministry of Transportation and the Nigerian Police Force for the support which the University of Lagos has enjoyed from the organisations. He also appreciated the Provost, Directors, Deans present, the executives of the University of Lagos Women Society (ULWS) led by the wife of the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Oluwaseun Ogundipe and all others present at the occasion for identifying with the success stories of the Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe-led Management.