The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS, has urged corps members in the University to be determined to succeed and to show character with the leadership mantle handed over to them during their respective academic sojourn in the university.
He gave this charge when a selected few among corps members in the University (UNILAG Corpers Forum) paid a courtesy call to his office on Friday, 20th August 2021 at the Senate house.
In what was described as an unprecedented visit in the institution’s history to have corps members in an interaction with a sitting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ogundipe used the opportunity to address the host of requests by the corps members ranging from transportation costs and accommodation, while also appealing for possible placement in the university amongst others.
While responding to the corps members varied requests, Prof. Ogundipe informed them that the university’s will is to cater for important need such as the accommodation of staff members including corps members but for the terrain of the school being a wetland, where the University is situated, putting up a place for corps members would be rather difficult at the moment. He empathised with them with respect to the economic hardship that comes with living in Lagos especially on transportation and accommodation costs. The Vice Chancellor, was of the believe that things will soon change. He however, assured them that the University will continue to support in whichever way possible.
The Vice Chancellor charged the corps members that the next thing expected of them, after receiving their certificates of higher learning, is to show character and embrace entrepreneurship. He averred that nnations of the world fail because of lack of character by their citizens.
He challenged them to be diligent and promised to host the corps members sometime in the coming months at a get-together.
Appreciating the Vice Chancellor for his continuous support to the scheme, Mr Abdulwaleel Abiola Balogun thanked the Vice Chancellor and promised him that the corps members will always strive for excellence and be of service to the University in the best possible way they can.
Thereafter, a gift presentation followed with a portraiture of the Vice Chancellor as an expression of gratitude for his fatherly role towards the welfare of corps members on campus.