• Gov, Oloja, others praise UNILAG VC Ogindipe
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved two more universities for Lagos State, according to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Speaking at the public launch of a book titled Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe @60: Audacity of Resilience, at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Tuesday, the Governor noted that the new institutions would expand access to higher education in the state.
The work was put together by a committee of friends of the vice-chancellor.
Sanwo-Olu said the two existing universities in the state were not enough to accommodate the growing number of young people seeking higher education.
He stressed that education remains the only powerful weapon to eradicate poverty and the limitations associated with it.
According to him, it is also necessary to prepare future leaders, as well as to develop a program that meets the needs of tomorrow.
The governor said that the Polytechnic of Lagos State, Ikorodu, will now become the University of Science and Technology, while the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education is merged with the Michael Otedola Primary Education College to become the university of education.
On the book, Sanwo-Olu described it as a must-read for leaders and future leaders, observing that it tells the story of how education, tenacity and focus conquered limits.
He said: “I want to congratulate the vice-chancellor of this university for what he has done in this institution. The recordings are there for everyone. He’s been through a lot, but that didn’t stop him from achieving the set goals.
“He came from a very humble background but didn’t let it limit him. For our young people sitting here, this book should inspire you to break through all the limits and get going to achieve your goals in life. Don’t let that to you. what you face today limit your aspirations in life.
“It’s not how you were born, or where you are, but how capable you are of pulling yourself through any challenge life throws your way.”
Book reviewer and managing director/editor of The Guardian, Martins Oloja, said the publication, which is in five parts, comprises 340 pages with 16 chapters.
He maintained that it was well written and edited by academics.
Oloja recommended the book to everyone, especially those in leadership positions, as well as future leaders.
Also speaking, the head of the editorial team, Professor Obinna Chukwu, said the book samples the opinions of people whose lives have been affected by Ogundipe, noting that the true essence of leadership lies in the impact that any man had on humanity, people, institutions and the environment.
“All in all, the committee of friends watched him, from the cradle to his career trajectory and his rise to the 11th floor of the Senate building as the 12th Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG.
“It is not forgetting the turbulent weather, through which its flight cruises; saw it as bold and resilient, hence this book,” he said.
Chukwu, who also serves as the higher education institution’s deputy vice chancellor (management services), expressed hope that the celebrant’s odyssey would inspire readers to be focused, determined, unwavering, bold and resilient. , while keeping your eyes on the ball.
In his remarks, Ogundipe praised the editorial team for their efforts in writing the book.
He assured of his determination to continue to make his contribution to national development for the good of humanity.