ALL THAT GLITTERS....... THE LASU STORY........

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All that glitters...... When Alhaji Lateef Jakande, established LASU in 1983, it was with students, some of which were 'rejects' from Federal Universities in Nigeria. For these students, LASU was neither their first nor second choice. It was not their third choice. The new University, was their last choice of making something of their lives.To make matters more daunting,what is now LASU, used to be Government Secondary School Ojo. So the name 'glorified university' was coined by naysayers. They even predicted that the products of the LASU enterprise would be half baked graduates. But LASU students held their heads up, knowing blessings only came from above. Naysayers, underestimated the determination of minds famished for knowledge. They underestimated the quality of education going on behind the secondary school walls. LASU, had the best visiting lecturers from more established institutions. It also had a solid foundation centered towards quality academics. In its first years of sending students to the Nigerian Law School,what LASU did was unexpected and unprecedented. It had the best student. The 'glorified secondary' school with its 'half baked graduates' was also the best Law school in Nigeria. Abracadabra...... Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola came in with all the pomp and pageantry . He seemed to have the midas touch and everything he touched turned golden . Oshodi became Ikoyi. His main mission was to refurbish and whitewash Lagos State. Billions of naira went into the pockets of friends and ACN loyalists for this project. Such as to plant flowers around the Lagos Island and Mainland. The Fashola facade was sold. We bought it hook line and sinker. Few became extremely wealthy. At the pace it was going and the billions that was being spent, Lagos State should by now have turned into another Dubai. Now we know better. Eko oni baje oo. The opportunity cost of planting Roses in Ajegunle is the Education, Health and Social Services developments that the Fashola Administration neglected. The government is suppose to provide preparatory education for its people. Lagos State, now has a private primary and secondary school on every street. Government schools are in terrible state of disrepair. LASU's finest hour is now ancient history. To call it a 'glorified secondary school' is now a complement. Government hospitals are empty buildings, haven for Area boys. Private hospitals are started everyday. Medical practitioners do better on the streets where they have turned kiosks to hospitals. Lagos State population is now grossly out of hand with bad roads and bad planning. It takes days to make trips that should normally take minutes. Eko oni ba je oo. The Fashola aura is fast turning to odour. The house he built is now coming apart brick by brick. The elaborate cosmetic surgery to put lipstick on a pig, has only robbed future generations of their future. Lagos is being sold historic monument by monument to the highest bidder_ Asiwaju. The Governor says Okada, 'is now a nuisance and a menace to the society'. But what is the alternative to the Okada problem? Why is the Lagos State Government not involved in commercial transportation to ease the horror its citizens go through daily? Think how much money the State stands to make and the employment opportunities? Remember, Okada was Fashola's motorcade of choice on which he rode as vehicle to a second term. THIS IS NIGERIA. Eko oni baje oo. The moral of The LASU story is this: Alhaji Jakande touched up people not infrastructure. He used what he had on the ground and made the very best of it. He could have awarded building contracts to friends and party loyalists. He did not. The opportunity cost of which was the quality education students gained. What mattered most is what is in the head not what is on it. Today LASU students are all over the world making Nigeria proud. Coming out of the 'glorified secondary school' WE are 'fully cooked.' We did not glitter. BUT WE TURNED GOLD. ..... A man that does not know where the rain began to beat him cannot say where he dried his body.............. Chinua Achebe. THERE WAS A COUNTRY. 201721Like · · Promote · Share More posts f

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