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Updated: Feb 18, 2021

The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, has assured the Executive Members and Board of Trustees of the Lagos State University Alumni Association of his support and commitment to an active role in ensuring that the Institution attains greater heights.

Muri-Okunola, who made the pledge during his virtual meet with LASU Alumni Association Executives, maintained that as an Alumnus, it is the only way one can give back to the Alma Mater, saying that “It was the Institution that enabled us to obtain our first degrees. Everyone should add value to the Alumni and further elevate the Institution to a world-class standard”.

He commended the proposed International Conference Centre and School Records Digitalisation Project for LASU by the Alumni Association, promising to personally encourage other eligible Alumni members, especially among Lagos State Public Service Management Staff, to formalise their membership and other necessary documentation without delay.

The Head of Service and others at the meet observed a minute silence in honour of the first civilian Governor of Lagos State and the founder of LASU, Late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande who passed away on Thursday, 11 February 2021, while commending the late Governor for a conscious and deliberate decision to create the citadel of learning where many had passed through.

Muri-Okunola observed that many LASU Alumni members occupied positions of authority in the Lagos State Public Service as Directors and Permanent Secretaries while many more occupied very high positions in the academia, military, police, Industry and the organised private sector.

Reiterating his confidence that with all hands on deck, the Alumni's plans would be accomplished with ease, the HoS, therefore, thereby called on all notable Nigerians who had navigated through the Institution and are now working with State, National Assembly, Organised private sector or in the Diaspora, to rally round the Institution so as to maintain its past glory and nurture it to greater heights.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the President of LASU Alumni Association, Major-General Cecil Esekhaigbe Ph.D (Rtd.), who was represented by the Association’s Vice President, Mr. Norrison Quakers (SAN), congratulated Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola on his appointment as the 21st Head of Service in Lagos State and other notable alumni, who have excel in their chosen careers, for being supportive of the dreams and aspirations of the Association and in moving Lagos State University forward.

He reiterated that the Association had the singular honour and the distinction of having produced one time Lagos State Deputy Governor, Commissioner of Finance, a current Senator, Army Generals, as well as the current Lagos State Head of Service, adding that there is a need to grow the Association and its members.

In his contribution, the Chairman Board of Trustees of the Association, Mr. Olateru Sonoiki, noted that the Association is proud that the Lagos State University had produced the State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who he praised for identifying with the Association.

He said that his participation in the activities of the Association would motivate and encourage other members, but appealed for Muri-Okunola's support in completing the identified projects of the Association in record time.

The Chairman also charged all LASUITES in the State Public Service to work diligently with the Head of Service to achieve the vision of the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda.

Alumni members at the meeting included the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Chief of Staff, Mr. Wale Musa; Mr. Wale Anthony, Alumni Secretary; Mr. John Akingbade, Financial Secretary; Mrs. Dupe Adefolarin, National Treasurer; Mr. Femi Ogun; Head of Public Affairs (OHOS) and Mr. Akinbode Obadina, Director, Office of the Head of Service & Private Secretary to the Head of Service (OHOS), among others.


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