The Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University, Ojo, Prof. John Obafunwa, has said that the downpour experienced in the city was responsible for the bad road network and poor Internet connectivity in the institution.
He also said that in spite of this, the university has achieved a lot in setting high academic standards.
The VC spoke at a press conference at the institution on Monday.
Obafunwa said, “Recently, there was a downpour with attendant lightning, which damaged the Internet facility in LASU. The management is working on packaging a more robust Internet facility backed with proper bandwidth which will ensure that the network operating centre in each building would be powered off the grid by solar inverters.
“Also, some of the roads within the campus have been under pressure recently because of the massive infrastructural projects going on the university, whereby heavy duty trucks ply the roads on a daily basis.
“But, periodically, palliative measures are provided to stabilise the roads in order to ensure smooth drive. It is a fact that the terrain of the location of our university in Ojo is water-logged but the university has not recorded any flooding this year because of several efforts.”
Obafunwa added that the university was confronting its challenges so as to add value to the image and dignity of the institution.
He explained that his administration “inherited” most of the problems, adding that the challenges are being combated gradually.
The VC said, “We inherited liabilities not assets. When this administration came in, about 17 courses were de-accredited and we had no reliable database for our external campuses. One of the biggest tasks of this administration when we assumed office was to ensure that all the courses formerly de-accredited by the National Universities Commission were accredited.
“Sixteen programmes were accredited in March this year, out of the 17 initially disaccredited. Apart from these, 18 programmes, some of which had interim accreditation status before, were recently presented for re- accreditation.”