Sanwo-Olu, Daniel seek improved facilities for UNILAG’s engineering dept
Sanwo-Olu, Daniel seek improved facilities for UNILAG’s engineering dept. Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, have called for the improvement of infrastructure and quality education for the Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos.
Speaking at the UNILAG Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association 2022 alumni luncheon of a N500m development fund, titled, ‘A better UNILAG Faculty of Engineering for all generations,’ Daniel, who was the chairman of the occasion, said there was the need to sustain a good legacy for the coming generation.
“We do have a legacy that needs to be sustained when we see the resources and capacities abroad. I cannot but subscribe to the fact that we need to improve and produce better engineers,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said, “In the last three years, in Lagos, it is about building infrastructure that can outlive the government of the day.
“We are committed; we will complete the Blue line. We will deliver the Redlines to completion.
“It is about the students, giving them the experience of engineering, letting them see how everything is mixed; give them the time to interact with construction companies. We can make this place a lot better than we met it.”
Also speaking, Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said the institution planned to attract more international students and he appreciated the UNILAGFEAA.
“We are bringing automobile company to our campus; it will be the first in Africa where they will assemble cars. UNILAG is one the best 15 Africa,” he said.
Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, who gave an analysis of the transportation projects in the state, explained that transportation is the driver of every megacity.
Akinajo’s lecture was titled, ‘Lagos Mass Transit Project: The journey so far and investment opportunities.’
Chairman, UNILAGFEAA, Mr Dideolu Falobi, said the projects for which they were unveiling a N500m development fund were complied and handed over to them by the leadership of the faculty.
He said, “Today’s event is part of the efforts of the current executive to ensure that we leave the faculty better than our executive met it.
“However, it also gives us the opportunity to make information available to the public on ongoing transformational activities of the Lagos State Government in the area of rail transportation and the opportunities available therein for potential investors.”
While giving her remarks, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele, said it was important to help one another and strike the balance to continue to make engineers and engineering resourceful.
“We have to be at the table when policy decisions are taken you can participate in the process to a stage where people can listen to us and in whichever way, we can make engineering resourceful,” she said.
The Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UNILAG, Prof. Obanisola Sadiq, said, “I am particularly delighted that this event is taking place at a very auspicious time in that for the past eight weeks, ASUU and all the other staff unions in federal universities have been on strike to protest chronic under-funding of tertiary education sector.
“The launching today of the N500m development fund for the Faculty of Engineering comes at an appropriate time.”