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Know Your University: LASU 11 things you did not know about Lagos State University

LASU, established in 1983 in the former British colony, Lagos, has an estimated student population of about 61,000 students. Here are 11 things you did not know about the institution...

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Professor (Mrs.) Jadesola Akande, LASU's first and only female Vice Chancellor (1989-1993) play

Professor (Mrs.) Jadesola Akande, LASU's first and only female Vice Chancellor (1989-1993)

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Lagos State University (LASU) is a state university established in 1983 in the former British colony, Lagos.

LASU has an estimated student population of about 61,000 students in its various full-time and part-time programmes.

It is also one of the most turbulent universities in the country, with constant staff and student agitations, like the present tussle between the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa, and the various staff unions as well as the school fee protests that ended last year:

  1. LASU operates a multi-campus system with four fully owned campuses; Ojo (main campus), and other campuses at Epe (Engineering Faculty), Ikeja and Surulere

  2. LASU's Pioneer Vice Chancellor is Professor Folabi Olumide

  3. LASU is reputed to be the best state owned university in Nigeria

  4. The current Vice Chancellor of the university is Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa

  5. The university's moto is: Per la verità e di servizio (Latin) meaning: 'For Truth and Service' in English

  6. Sir Chief Dr. Molade Okoya-Thomas FCNA, MFR, OFR, KSS is the current Chancellor

  7. Professor (Mrs.) Jadesola Akande (Late) is LASU's first and only female Vice Chancellor (1989-1993)

  8. Two past LASU Vice Chancellor have died; Professor Fatiu Ademola Akesode (1997-2001) and Professor (Mrs.) Jadesola Akande

  9. LASU's alu,ni inlcude people like Desmond Elliot Actor/Politician, EFCC chairman, Farida Mzamber Waziri, and rappper Ruggedman

  10. LASU has over 61,000 students enrolled in its full-time and part-time programmes

  11. LASU Students Union is informally called LASUSU

The institution is presently closed due to a face-off between the staff unions and the Obafunwa-led management.

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