The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, FAS, on Friday, May 19, 2023, reiterated her commitment to efforts aimed at ensuring professionalization and skills optimization, as she met with staff of the University Registry and Security Unit, in continuation of her familiarisation session with various faculties, sections, Units and departments.
Session with Registry Staff
During the interactive session with Registry staff that converged at the Julius Berger Hall, the Vice-Chancellor assured them of management’s commitment towards growing and investing in manpower with a view to ensuring career growth and fulfilment.
Flanked by other principal officers of the university, the Vice-Chancellor acknowledged the efforts, diligence and input of every staff member towards the many milestones which the university has recorded over the decades.
She hinged her mission to professionalize the non-teaching cadre on the need to make the university system more contemporaneous, promote staff efficiency and drive productivity.
The Vice-Chancellor charged every member of staff to look inward, explore training opportunities, acquire contemporary skills, develop good work ethics and see their duty posts as an opportunity to make an impact as well as add value to the university.
She decried the continued decline in government funding to tertiary institutions, a situation which she said has continued to put pressure on the university’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). She admonished the generality of staff on optimization of available resources so as to avoid wasting the university’s scarce resources.
The Professor of Microbiology assured of ongoing efforts to meet the growing demand for staff and students’ accommodation, create access to the university via the water front as well as create opportunities for acquisition of life skills for staff with a view to preparing them for life after their service to the university.
Professor Ogunsola emphasized the indispensability of mutual cooperation and collaboration between management and staff unions especially in the quest to achieve greater good for the university as well as the generality of staff.
Earlier in his remark, the Registrar of the University, Oladejo Azeez Esq., on behalf of registry workers, showered encomiums on the Vice-Chancellor for being cerebral, vibrant, articulate and focus-driven since assumption of office.
While wishing her success, Mr Azeez assured the Vice-Chancellor of the cooperation, commitment, goodwill and support of registry staff as she works towards achieving her Future-Ready Agenda for UNILAG.
Session with Security and Fire Service Personnel
Addressing staff of the Security and Fire Service Units in the Senate Chambers, the Vice-Chancellor acknowledged and applauded officers of both units for their dedication, resilience and commitment towards ensuring top-notch security, safety, peace, serenity and decorum on campus, despite peculiar challenges.
Prof Ogunsola assured them of training and retraining with a view to honing their skills and further enhancing safety and security on campus. She also assured them of management’s readiness to expose them to business development opportunities and acquisition of life skills which would enhance their personal fortunes.
In their separate remarks, the Chief Security Officer, Mr Sunday Alao and Head of Fire Services Unit, Mr Wasiu Jimoh appreciated the cooperation they have enjoyed from the university management, a feat which they said, has enhanced safety and aided crime prevention efforts on campus and from adjourning communities.
Mr. Alao particularly identified the existing robust relationship with traditional rulers of adjourning communities as a strong factor which has helped to check criminal attacks around UNILAG.
While highlighting their areas of pressing needs and soliciting management’s intervention, Messrs Alao and Jimoh assured of their loyalty, unalloyed support and continued efforts towards keeping UNILAG safe and peaceful.