31 Lagos varsity courses get National Universities Commission accreditation

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh

Out of 37 courses presented by Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo for accreditation, National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved 31. The 31 courses have achieved 96 per cent accreditation success.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, commended the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for bringing sustainable reforms to the state education sector, saying they were yielding positive results.

Wahab, who was full of gratitude to governor Sanwo-Olu for changing the face of education in the state, noted that the current administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda is the fastest and most effective strategies in achieving transformational governance in the current democratic experience.

He emphasized that the state government’s huge investment in education as the third pillar of the Sanwo-Olu THEMES’ development agenda has repositioned the state education to become the model for the country.

“Out of the 37 courses of the Lagos State University (LASU) presented by the University Authority for accreditation before NUC during the October/ November 2021 NUC Academic Programmes Accreditation Exercise for Nigerian Universities, 31 of those courses got NUC’s full accreditation status”, Wahab stated.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, said such an excellent feat is unprecedented in the University’s 40 years of existence, adding that the letter of notification of results from NUC stated that 31 out of the 37 courses presented before the Commission by LASU received an excellent grade of 96.0%, while four courses are still under interim accreditation status.

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LASU’s courses that had NUC full accreditation are Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Local Government and Development Studies In the Faculty of Arts, six courses of the University that gained NUC full accreditation are Arabic Studies, Christian Religious Studies (CRS), English Language, Islamic Studies, Yoruba Language and Music Other fully accredited courses are Nursing Science, Psychology, Pharmacology, and all the 14 courses in the Faculty of Education, Law, Mathematics, and Physics.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, four courses with NUC interim accreditation status are Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Common and Islamic Law, Theatre Arts, and Philosophy. Prof. Olatunji-Bello commented that the University had witnessed progressive development since the inception of the Sanwo-Olu administration, pointing out that LASU programs run smoothly without any interruption because the Governor adequately funds the growth of education while also prioritizing the welfare of staff and students in policy formulation.

The Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Adeniran Kasali, urged the management of LASU to reciprocate the State Government’s continued funding of the University by working harder and ensuring that the institution maintains its status as the best State University in the country and one of the first five hundred in the world.

In his remarks, President elect of LASU Students’ Union Government, Adeoye Moses, a 300 Level Student in the Theatre Arts Department, attributed the success of the accreditation to the state government continued funding of tertiary education and the appointment of a hardworking educationist as the 9th Vice Chancellor of the University, Ibiyemi Bello. Moses also advised the students to shun vices capable of denting the image of the university.

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