Investment in security infrastructure at the University of Lagos received further boost on Thursday, November 10, 2022 as the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, commissioned the newly constructed UNILAG-Bionomics Surveillance Centre.
The centre is the outcome of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement earlier made by the University of Lagos and Bionomics Nigeria Limited, a private technology company, on Thursday, October 14, 2021.
In his address after cutting the tape, the Vice-Chancellor affirmed the sovereignty of God as the one who dispenses times and seasons; hence, the timing of the commissioning.
“God has given us the mandate to take dominion, but He is the one who controls the times and season of our manifestation. We have been on this journey for a long time now, but today is the time that God has decreed that it will be accomplished”, he said.
The Vice-Chancellor congratulated Bionomics Nigeria Limited for their initiative and the successful completion of the project.
“Bionomics approached us with what they could do at a time that we were considering how to better secure the university community. We were pleased with their proposal and gave them the go-ahead. What we have today is the outcome of that collaboration. It is a testament to what is possible when the Town and Gown come together to proffer solutions”.
The Managing Director of Bionomics Nigeria Limited, Mr. Onyedika Ugochukwu, expressed his appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor and the Management for their belief in the capacity of the company to deliver.
“At Bionomics, our belief is that security provision in Nigeria must be anchored on technology, driven by a system that is competent, reliable, and not susceptible to compromise. We were therefore delighted when the opportunity came to work with the University of Lagos to enhance security provision. On account of this partnership, we will deploy 1,000 Close Circuit TV (CCTV) cameras across the three campuses of the University. This way, no inch of space in the University of Lagos will be a dark spot”.
The newly commissioned surveillance centre affirms the determination of the Professor Ogundipe-led Management to keep the University of Lagos safe and to make it ever-conducive for the pursuit of every legitimate endeavours.