Brief Intro About Me
IBIYEMI IBILOLA OLATUNJI-BELLO mni, FPhysiol (UK), FPSN, FEnv
PROFESSOR OF PHYSIOLOGY SINCE 2007
VICE CHANCELLOR LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY
Professor Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello was born in Lagos on the 23rd of April 1964 to Mrs Jadesola Ibidapo nee Abraham of Ita Kose , Lagos Island and Mr Emiola Ibidapo-Okunrinboye of Owo, Ondo State. She attended Anglican Girls Primary School, Surulere, from 1970 to 1974 and then Lagos Anglican Girls Grammar School, Surulere, between 1974 and 1979. Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello then proceeded to Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, and Lagos State College of Science and Technology, Ikosi Campus where she did her “A” levels in 1982.
Prof. Yemi Olatunji-Bello is happily married to Tunji Bello, a journalist and lawyer, and the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, and the former Secretary to Lagos State Government. They are blessed with 3 children.
Professor Olatunji-Bello is also the Zonal Pastor in charge of zone 9 of Lagos Province 1of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
LASU VC, PROF. IBIYEMI OLATUNJI-BELLO, mni, BAGS NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY ORDER OF MERIT AWARD
The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello, mni, has been announced a recipient of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The announcement was made by the National Productivity Centre, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment via publications in the Daily Trust Newspaper of Monday, 29th May and The Nation Newspaper of Tuesday 30th May 2023.
The National Productivity Order of Merit Award is an award of Dignity instituted by the Federal Government to recognize hard work and excellence among deserving Nigerians.
A Professor of Physiology, Prof. Olatunji-Bello, assumed office as LASU’s 9th Substantive and second female Vice Chancellor, on Monday, 20th September 2021 with a clear vision to lead the University to become the best in West Africa.
She has since her assumption galvanized the University to national and international reckoning, with several accolades – one of which is LASU’s rating as the Best University in West Africa in the U.I Greenmetirics Global Ranking – serving as a testament to her transformational leadership. The award is also a recognition of the positive impact she has made as a leader and as a catalyst for productivity and development in the country.
Prof. Olatunji-Bello, mni, an alumna of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS),
is also a recipient of a plethora of individual honours, the latest being her conferment with the Award of Fellow of the National Labour Institute (FNIL) by the Michael Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) earlier in May 2023.
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VC LEADS MEMBERS OF LASU STAFF TO GOVERNOR SANEO-OLU’S INAUGIRATION
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni, on Monday, 29th May 2023 joined other well-meaning Nigerians at the 2nd term Inauguration of Governor of Lagos State and Visitor to the Lagos State University, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu. The Inauguration, which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, attracted dignitaries from all walks of life in the State as Mr. Sanwo-Olu took oath of office for a final 4 years.
Prof. Olatunji-Bello, who noted that the Governor’s second term was well-deserved pointed out the numerous developmental strides that the state had experienced under his transformations leadership. She asserted that LASU has been particularly lucky to have him at the helm of affairs as he has shown personal interest not only in the institution but in the education sector at large.
The Vie Chancellor, was joined at the inauguration by members MOWLAS and MOMLAS, all adorned in uniformed clothes to add colour to the event.
Story behind the Professor’s rise to academic leadership.
To make LASU the BEST University in West Africa with the highest and finest level of academic and research standard.
To expand the frontiers of knowledge through provision of excellent conditions for teaching, learning, research and service
To produce graduates who will be catalysts to the process of transformation of the State to a Greater Lagos
To make the teaching, research and general work environment conducive and of international standard.
LASU VC, PROF. OLATIUNJI-BELLO, mni BAGS LABOUR FELLOWSHIP AWARD
In recognition of her role in the promotion of the welfare and well-being of workers, the Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello, mni, has been conferred with the award of Fellow of the National Labour Institute (FNLI), by the Michael Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
The Fellowship award was conferred on the Professor of Physiology at the 40th Anniversary of the Institute held on Tuesday, 9th May 2023, at the MINILS Campus, Ilorin.
While conferring the award, Director-General, MINILS, Comrade Issa Aremu, mni, praised the Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, for her labour-friendly leadership, which came to the fore during his visit to the Universiy for the signing of MOU between MINILS and LASU. He gave kudos to the Vice Chancellor for “…promoting decent work agenda” as generously alluded to by workers’ unions in the University, and urged her to continue in that spirit.
It is noteworthy that the professor of Physiology has a solid reputation for prioritising the welfare of workers in the University, a disposition that has earned her the nickname “Mama Welfare” by students of the institution.
She joined other eminent Nigerians such as the Minister of State, Labour and Productivity, Mr. Festus Keyamo; President, Industrial Court, Kanyip Bakwaph Benedict; Director-General, National Productivity Centre, Dr Kashim Akor; Executive Secretary, TETFUND, Arc. Sony Echono; Director General, NECA, Comrade Adewale Oyerinde and NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, amongst others, to get the award.
The Michael Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies, founded in 1983, is the only institution that provides labour education in Nigeria. It is empowered to grant academic and professional awards and to honour persons who make significant contributions to Industrial peace and harmony as elected or appointed public office holders.
PROF. OLATUNJI-BELLO NAMED AMAZON OF EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION IN NIGERIA
The Youth Coalition for Education in Nigeria (YOCEN), on Monday, 15th May 2023, awarded the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, min, the “Amazon of Educational Transformation in Nigeria. The award was given in recognition of her “immense contributions societal advancement via Qualitative Service Delivery, Prudence Educational Advancement, Human Development, Youth Empowerment and a build for better society.” The Honour was presented to the Professor of Physiology at her office on the 6th Floor of Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building, by a four-man representative of the YOCEN.
CROWD CONTROL: VC DIRECTS THE ADOPTION OF HYBRID TEACHING FOR ALL GENERAL COURSES IN LASU
Determined to ensure that students learn under a conducive atmosphere and forestall the potential hazards inherent in the conduct of teaching and learning in crowded classes, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni, has directed the immediate adoption of hybrid lectures for all general courses in the University.
Prof. Olatunji-Bello, mni, also directed the adoption of the same method for Departmental classes with a large number of students.
The decision was reached after a meeting the Vice Chancellor held on Monday, 15th May 2023, with members of the University Management and Deans of Faculties in the University. During the meeting, the Vice Chancellor received briefing from the Deans concerning the need for bigger lecture rooms to accommodate courses with large numbers of learners and noted that the challenge of ample lecture space is not limited to Lagos State University in the face of a growing number of admitted students and mooted the idea of hybrid classes which was applauded by the Deans.
She assured that the facilities needed to prosecute the decision would be expeditiously provided.
The Vice Chancellor, thereafter led members of the University Management on an unscheduled visit to some lecture halls where she met with and addressed eager students on the development.
The hybrid lecture system would see some learners physically attend classes while others would be able to join live from their various destinations around the Campus, using a designated online platform.
Recall that the hybrid method of teaching is already being used for GNS courses in the university.
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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY
On behalf of the University Management, I wish all dedicated and hardworking workers in our dear University, a happy Workers’ Day.
I salute the effort you put day in, day out, to see that Lagos State University not only sustains her upward trajectory of growth, but make significant leaps towards the attainment of our common vision to become the Best University in West Africa. I say THANK YOU for your service.
As an administration, we have consistently made your welfare a priority, and you can be assured of our commitment to maintain that interest. As I have always said, whatever is your right will be given to you without agitating for it.
I encourage you to remain committed to the LASU Project and continue to support our administration for the good of the University.
I pray that our labour shall not be in vain. Amen
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Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni
IBILE FORUM EXECUTIVES VISIT VICE CHANCELLOR
Executives of the IBILE Forum, a socio-cultural group of Lagos indigines, on Wednesday, 12th April 2023, paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji – Bello, mni, at her office on the 6th Floor, Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building, Main Campus, Ojo. IBILE is an acronym for Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe.
The five-man delegation, led by the President, Dr. Mrs. Adeyemo, a retired Permanent Secretary in Lagos State, congratulated the Vice Chancellor, on the great job she is doing in the University while bringing other matters to her attention.
The meeting had members of the University Management in attendance, as well as, other functionaries of the University.
SANDWICH: LASU INKS ‘TECHNICAL AGREEMENT WITH COLLEGES
The management of Lagos State University (LASU) has signed a “Technical Affiliation Agreement” with two private colleges of education on Sandwich Degree programme, which is for a period of five years, for the first instance, and renewable based on performance.
The two colleges are Topmost College of Education, Ipaja in Agbado area of Lagos and Royal College of Education, Ifo, Ogun State. The agreement, endorsed during a signing ceremony, which took place at the Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Room, Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building, Ojo main campus, according to the university, is to provide educational services under the Sandwich Degree programme.
While signing the documents, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, reiterated the commitment of the university to providing not just quality education to students, but also to carry out cutting-edge research and contributing significantly to the development of society. Speaking on the collaboration, she said: “This partnership will enable us to provide more opportunities for quality education and skills acquisition to our students, as this will also make education accessible to the common man in line with Goal 4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4) on education, which is to ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learn- ing opportunities for all.”
The university’s Deputy Registrar, Legal Unit, Mrs. O. Boyejo, while reeling out the terms of the partnership, explained that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) permits the partnering institutions using the statutory authority the Lagos State University to run their Sandwich Degree Programme and also making use of the university Expertise.
“This collaboration will allow only Lagos State University Senate- accredited courses in conjunction with the Faculty of Education to run at your institutions, under the partnership,” she said. At the event were members of the university management; representatives of two Colleges of Education; and LASU Director Sandwich Programme, Prof. John Adeogun, among others In another development, the university has parleyed no fewer than 16 heads security agents, including the Police and the Department for State Services (DSS) Divisions around the university environs on how to improve the security architecture of within and outside the university campus.
The Vice-Chancellor canvased for a greater synergy between the university and the security operatives during a town and gown meeting on crucial security parley, held at the university main campus with a focus of the protection of the lives and properties of members of staff and students of the university. Security operatives at the first-of-its-kind parley were the Divisional Police Officers of Trade-Fair Division, Igando Police Division, Sèmé Police Division, Isashi Police Division, Ilemba Hausa Police Division, Iba Police Division, Satellite Police Division, Ojo Police Division, Onireke Police Division, Ijanikin Police Divi- sion, Okokomaiko Police Division, Badagry Police Division, Festac Police Division, and Morogbo Po- lice Division, and Head of DSS, Ojo Zone, as well as members of the University Security Supervisory Committee and management. Speaking at the Council Chambers, venue of the meeting, Prof. Olatunji-Bello, commended the security officers for taking time to be at the meeting as well as for the great job done over time in keeping the community safe.
Members of the Independent Indigenship Verification Committee (IIVC) from the five divisions of Lagos State, paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni, at her office on the 6th Floor, Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building, Main Campus, Ojo, on Monday.
The visit was as the IIVC exercise commenced, on Monday at locations in the main campus.
The verification committee is made up of internal and external members from the five divisions of the state, Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe (IBILE), who are responsible for screening applicants of Lagos State origin.
To ensure that academic and professional programmes are and remain accredited by the relevant bodies
The expansion of undergraduate programmes in the College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja with the establishment of two (2) new Faculties:
FACULTY OF PHARMACY :
- A resourceful and dynamic Director of Quality Assurance will be empowered.
- Effective policies and directives shall be provided for various academic departments and units.
- The Director of Academic Planning whose responsibility is to ensure the manpower needs, in line with NUC regulations for every programme, will be encouraged.
- To provide guidance during programmes accreditations, students admission processes and appointments of staff.
Promote excellence and professionalism in all forms. .
Promote merit in the appointments process
Encourage development of best global practices in teaching and learning strategies, research, counselling and techniques of class management.Adherence to Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS) in order to continue to get all our courses accredited.
Academic staff will be encouraged to pursue researches in their fields of specialization.
Outcome of such researches shall be made available to industries and government for national economic growth.
Research and innovation culture, skills and management shall be made a priority for the university.
Modern facilities and state of the art research equipment shall be provided in specialized research centres for cutting edge scientific and technological researches
Policies for patents and ethics of research would be upheld
Effective collaboration would be made with industries, government research institutes, universities locally and internationally.
Grants, fellowships, and supports would be sought from philanthropists, industries, international donors and government.
Relevant and current journals shall be acquired to promote research, innovation and development
Highlights Of Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello's First Year As LASU Vice Chancellor
The expansion of undergraduate programmes in the College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja with the establishment of two (2) new Faculties:FACULTY OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES :
HIGHLIGHTS OF PROF. IBIYEMI OLATUNJI-BELLO'S FIRST YEAR AS LASU VICE CHANCELLOR
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To ensure that infrastructural facilities are improved and readily available for seamless performance of administrative and academic duties
Enabling environment of scholarship for teaching, learning and community service shall be created.
Adequate facilities such as lecture theatres, laboratories, office equipment, sports and recreational facilities and others shall be provided.
Constant electricity supply will be made available through renewable energy and power plant of the state.
More well-furnished offices will be provided.
Audio-visual teaching aids and electronic boards will be provided for seamless (physical and virtual) teaching and learning processes.
Government’s support for speedy completion of all projects on our campuses shall be sought, in particular, the Main Library building and students hostels.
Staff and students shall be supported to cope with the challenges of changing digital technology
Internet will be readily available for staff and students
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