Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has counselled students of the Lagos State University (LASU) against social vices while recognising the institution’s outstanding academic standards and affirming its graduates as some of the best, capable of holding their own anywhere in the world.
Mrs. Ambode, who gave the commendation today while delivering her keynote address at the 2nd LASU Distinguished Lecture Series, themed: “Life Skills Education for Employment & Entrepreneurship Learning in the 21st Century”, held at the University Auditorium, Ojo, identified social vices as the bane of proper youth development in the country, appealed to the students to abstain from cultism, drug use and other career-ruining practices and reiterated that no excuse could justify indulgence in indecent behaviour.
According to her, “No matter the peer pressure, emotional challenge or psychological issues you may be facing, I urge you to say no to drugs, cultism and other vices. One moment of indiscretion is enough to ruin a life. But l pray that your lives will not be ruined. I will advise you to make the best use of the knowledge gained today, for your self-development tomorrow”.
She recalled her student days at LASU saying, “When I walked the same road as you do, ate at the same joints as you eat, attended lectures in some of those classes that you use today; I am a proud alumna of this great institution”.
The First Lady reflected that the founding fathers of the school had a vision of academic distinction for all students that would pass through it, hence the robust academic agenda and the phenomenal rise of the institution, when compared to its peers around the country.
She said because of the quality of education in that institution, many products of the school had gained global recognition and are doing very well in coveted professions around the world.
In encouraging the students, she said: “I can see seated before me this morning, future presidents, governors, captains of industry, great researchers and accomplished technocrats”.
“The Lagos State Government, in conjunction with our University, has given you the platform to challenge yourselves to face the future, by offering you practical classes through the ‘Ready.Set.Work’ initiative, and a series of lectures and programmes like we are having today”, she stated.
She commended the University authorities for the establishment of a Career Development Centre for the continuous improvement of LASU graduates and for professional efficiency and effectiveness.
In his welcome address, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun reeled out several scholastic and professional achievements recorded by the institution through outstanding, brilliant male and female students, who have continued to make waves locally, continentally and globally.
He noted with pride, that the United Nations had just chosen a cohort of millennium fellows from the University to support its Sustainable Development Goals. Other such exploits according to him, include an on-going exchange programme with Indiana University, USA, among other inspiring achievements.
Fagbohun stressed that the Centre for Career Development was established to entrench the potential of students, with a vision to chart career pathways and produce employable and marketable graduates for national and global relevance.
Guest Speakers – Joke Jacobs, Segun Arinze and Mrs. Dan-Faparusi Ogugua Enitan – unanimously counselled the students to adopt the five Ds of desire, determination, diligence, dedication and discipline in their pursuit of career success, adding that they should get rid of fear and be prepared to start small.