Over 40 members of staff of the Lagos State University (LASU) were honoured at the university’s maiden ‘LASU Excellence Award’ held last Thursday. The University’s auditorium, venue of the event, erupted in applause for the awardees who were described by management as ‘exceptional’. Some of the awards, which were in both senior and junior categories, included excellence in teaching, best in department/unit, best in faculties and outstanding sportsmen and women.
There were also awards for those who performed exceptionally as appraised by the Quality Assurance Implementation Committee (QAIC) set up by management earlier in the year to enhance staff performance. Under this category, Mr Sheriff Kehinde Ismail of the Vice Chancellor’s office, and Dr Bosede Amoo of the Audio-visual unit were presented with
N250,000 and N300,000 in addition to plaques by the Vice
Chancellor, Prof Lanre Fagbohun.
Former executive secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Peter Okebukola, who presented plaques to some of the awardees, lauded the management for floating initiatives that inspire the workers to put in their best. “We are happy that this is coming up for the first time in the history of the university.This is simply to show that we now have management who regardless of your status, appreciates your contributions to the development of this institution. Besides, it will also fire the desire among workers to put in their individual efforts towards making LASU better,” Okebukola said.
Okebukola, who chaired the QAIC, said the committee collaborated with the National Universities Commission (NUC) to create the modules used to train the workers. He expressed joy that the collaboration in the last eight months had made workers more productive.
Earlier, Fagbohun said the award was also extended to students whom he lauded for being partners in the university’s rebranding agenda. He promised 20 members of the Security Unit who were recognised an undisclosed cash reward and thanked the Excellence Award Committee for ensuring the selection was fair and unbiased. Fagbohun praised workers of the university for doing well in the outgoing year, adding that those rewarded, only ‘went beyond limits’
“All of us have been pushing the frontiers and so I believe we all deserve a plaque each. If you were part of the awardees, that to me, is a challenge for you to do more; if you are not, it is not a chieftaincy title. If you don’t get this year, you will get next year, only if you can work harder."
Expressing appreciation on behalf of others, Dr Olufemi Fatile, who emerged first runner up in the ‘overall best teacher’ category, thanked management for the recognition.