Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday commended the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, for his leadership, especially during the stormy period of the institution.
He described Prof. Ogundipe as an astute academician who put the name of the University of Lagos on the map of institutions of repute in the world.
The Governor spoke at the launching of a book titled “The Captain, Steering a Ship above the Murky Waters” in honour of Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the 12th Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Governor Sanwo-Olu commended Ogundipe, who became a professor at the age of 42, saying the outgoing Vice Chancellor remained steadfast and well-prepared for the job of leading one of Nigeria’s foremost universities.
Sanwo-Olu also extolled the virtues of the former Vice Chancellor for not putting his family name in disrepute, as he had done his own bit to take the University of Lagos to greater heights.
“As an alumnus, I can testify that in the last five years of his (Ogundipe) tenure as Vice Chancellor, we witnessed meaningful and purposeful governance, administrative excellence and giant strides in the institution,” he said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also applauded Prof. Ogundipe and other members of UNILAG management for ensuring a seamless, transparent transition of power to a new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola.
He recommended the book “The Captain, Steering a Ship above the Murky Waters” to the public, saying it will be a good read and something that people will learn from.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the event, Chief Yemi Ogunbiyi, said Prof. Ogundipe and his colleagues at the University of Lagos should be commended for the success of the outgoing Vice Chancellor.
He said the outgoing Vice Chancellor experienced turbulent time in office but he succeeded.
In his remarks, the Book Reviewer, Prof. Kola Kazeem said the book written by Prof. Ogundipe was a great resource, designed to present several projects, activities and strides in the author’s five years tenure as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos.