Evil of times past, we shall see no more — UNILAG Pro Chancellor

Posted by News Express | 29 May 2021 | 593 times

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•UNILAG's Pro-Chancellor, Sen. Lanre Tejuoso

 

 

By CHINYERE NWACHUKWU
 
Sen. Lanre Tejuoso, newly-appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, University of Lagos, has prayed God to prevent any further crisis in the foremost university.
 
 
”We pray that the evil witnessed in the times past, we shall witness no more; love will radiate within the  council.
 
”It is our prayers that we will take this university, which remains one of Africa’s pride, to greater heights very soon, Tejuoso said in Lagos.
 
He spoke at a church service to celebrate the  60th birthday anniversary of the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Obinnaya Chukwu,  on Thursday night.
 
 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed  Tejuoso the university’s Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council  on April 10.
 
The governing council  was inaugurated on April 19.
 
Tejuoso succeeded Dr Wale Babalakin who resigned  following a protracted crisis between him and the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
 
 
His speech at the church service was the first time Tejuoso would speak publicly in his capacity as the Pro Chancellor of the University of Lagos.
 
 
He told the congregation that commiting all the council’s activities to God’s hands would be key to achieving all its dreams.
 
 
”It is not a mere coincidence that I am speaking to this kind of large audience for the first time in my capacity as  the pro chancellor, in a church.
 
 
”I want to thank God that my first public speech in this university is in the church, and I believe that with this, God is telling something.
 
”I believe that this foundation will make our tenure a very spiritually successful one,” he said.
 
 
Tejuoso noted that the occasion was to honour Chukwu, and prayed God to make him to age gracefully.
 
”Today is to celebrate our brother, a professor of repute.
 
” I rejoice with you on this special celebration of your diamond jubilee and pray for more wisdom and good health to ensure graceful ageing,” he said.
 
He said that he had  known Chukwu for less than 60 days and had noticed  from Chukwu’s carriage that he  lived a fulfilling 60 years.
 
 
Earlier, Ogundipe, said that Chukwu’s academic excellence and leadership skills had assisted in shaping the university’s Department of Marine Sciences and the entire  Faculty of Sciences.
 
According to him, Chukwu had built for himself,  a strong reputation of excellence and discipline.
 
”These rare attributes have endeared you to the hearts of many.
 
“In addition to your continuous loyalty to the system, you have contributed immensely to building structures at various levels that you have had the opportunity to serve in the university.
 
” As Dean of School of Postgraduate Studies, Director, Quality Assurance and SERVICOM, and Director, Academic Planning, you raised the standards and left footprints.
 
”As a representative of congregation on the governing council, you stood firmly for ideas that brought development to the university and spoke vehemently against any idea that sought to undermine the institution,” he said.
 
Ogundipe  said that Chukwu’s ‘ passion for the university was very visible throughout the crisis ‘that almost consumed the university from 2017 to 2020’.
 
 
”Today, I  celebrate you and welcome you to  the club of 60 and pray that God will continue to strengthen you and provide the health and energy required to continue to impact the world positively,” Ogundipe prayed.
 
Addressing the congregation, Chukwu thanked God for sparing his life.
 
He said he would remain grateful for  God’s grace that had been seeing him through, even in turbulent times.
 
He said that  God’s mercy rescued him  on Feb. 14, when he went down with COVID-19.
 
”It is not that I am more holy than those that could not come out of it; it is simply God’s mercy and grace.
 
”I pray that God, in His infinite mercy, will rest the souls  of the departed in Jesus Mighty Name,” he prayed.
 
Chukwu thanked all those who came to honour him, and prayed  God to give them more reasons to celebrate. (NAN)


Source: News Express

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