The Lagos State Branch of the University of Lagos Alumni Association has renewed its faith in the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe FAS, to continue drawing additional developmental projects to the University.
The old students’ body expressed grave concerns over what it called a sustained campaign of calumny against the person of Prof. Ogundipe and its possible impact on the image, brand, and outputs of the University of Lagos as an institution in a statement published in a national tabloid on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 to dispel a series of misinformation about the Vice-Chancellor and the University’s management.
Since November 2020, when the Visitor to the University, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, intervened in the crisis that rocked the institution, leading to the reinstatement of the Vice-Chancellor and dissolution of the immediate past Governing Council led by Dr Wale Babalakin, the University of Lagos has enjoyed unprecedented normalcy, peaceful development, and steady progress in a number of areas, according to the UNILAG Lagos Alumni, led by Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu.
According to the Old Students’ Body, President Buhari’s decision put an end to an age of instability, internal bickering, schism, and political gerrymandering, as well as launching UNILAG into a new period of progressive growth with numerous previous achievements.
Prof. Ogundipe’s achievements were documented in the publication, which included multimillion-naira grants through multidisciplinary international research collaborations, one of which resulted in UNILAG’s recent placement in the 501-600 bracket on the Times’ Higher Education (T.H.E.) World Universities’ Ranking.
Apart from UNILAG’s improved global rankings and the counting and testimonies of scholarships from both staff and students, the University of Lagos, according to the UNILAG Lagos Alumni, has made unprecedented breakthroughs, particularly in research and innovation, with the Ambubag Ventilator developed by a team of faculty members remaining a master stroke.
Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe’s developmental strides and success stories in office were also identified by the old students’ body as evidenced by the N250,000,000 (two hundred and fifty million naira) grant from the Bank of Industry (BOI) dedicated to support the university’s entrepreneurship and skill development efforts, as well as several other infrastructural projects donated to UNILAG by private individuals and corporate organizations.
While urging those fanning the flames of crisis to stop in the interest of the University of Lagos’ name and integrity, the UNILAG Lagos Alumni stressed the importance of all stakeholders being aware of the impact of their actions and inactions on the university’s image, and thus pursuing and protecting peace in the institution.
The UNILAG alumni body in Lagos, led by Dr. Olowojebutu, gave the university management a vote of confidence, stating that it remains committed to doing what is best for all university stakeholders, and renewing its appeal to the Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe-led management to remain focused on protecting and sustaining the sanctity of the University of Lagos as a global brand because “no one owes us anything.”