In an effort to give back to their alma mater, the first set of computers promised to young lecturers in the faculty of law, University of Lagos, was delivered by the Alumni set of 1982 on Tuesday, 14th December 2021. The 13 laptops are the first in the consignment of 22 for the faculty.
The presentation took place at the conference hall of the faculty of law and had in attendance, three representatives of 1982 set in persons of Mr Oluwemimo Ogunde (SAN), Mr Esijolomi Rewane and Mr Ken Osa-Oboh.
Speaking on behalf of the alumni, Mr Oluwemimo Ogunde (SAN) said that “this is an informal meeting. It is a meeting of students and teachers because we are not here now, but we remain products of the faculty of law and we are meeting our teachers, so we regard this as an informal meeting and we are pleased to be here”.
Also, members of the faculty present at the occasion are the dean of faculty of law, professor Ige Omotayo, the sub-dean, Dr Abiodun Odusote, professor Abugu (SAN), professor Imran Oluwole Smith, professor Abiola Sanni (SAN), Dr Adekile, an associate professor, and other learned lecturers.
During the welcome address, the sub-dean of the faculty of law, Dr Abiodun Odusote, appreciated the representatives of the alumni set of 1982 for coming to the Institution and noted that professor Imran Oluwole Smith, the formal dean of the faculty was also a member of the set.
While briefing the representatives of the alumni on human capacity and infrastructure available at the faculty, the dean, Professor Ige Omotayo noted that the faculty has a population of 1,700 intakes, a total number of fifty-eight academics of which seventeen are full professors, six associate professors, twelve senior lecturers, six lecturer-1, sixteen lecturer-2 and one graduate assistant. Also, the faculty has five lecture theatres.
Speaking further, Professor Ige Omotayo said, “The relationship between the alumni and the faculty is a fundamental one. It is fundamental because when we clamoured for a collaboration between the town and gown, we recognised that our alumni constitute part of the town that we seek for collaboration and beyond that, it is also important that we continue to emulate our alumni.”
He stated that the alumni are stakeholders in the faculty, they passed through the faculty and see the faculty as having planted tangible seeds in them to become what they are today and as a result, there is always a need to be in touch with the faculty.
Professor Ige Omotayo announced that in February 2022, the faculty is organizing an alumni homecoming for every available alumnus to come back to the institution, interact and mentor the students and staff and also participate in a public lecture.
While expressing his worries on the inadequate resources to equip lecturers due to paucity of funds, he reiterated that to continue to sustain the quality that the University of Lagos, faculty of law is known for, there is a need to engage the alumni because they are stakeholders and need to support the faculty.
Mr Wemimo Ogunde urged the leadership of the faculty to create an alumni office where an alumnus can walk in or call for enquiries about the institution. He also suggested that there is a need to create an alumni directory to have a proper database or list of people that can help the university.
When presenting the laptops, Mr Wemimo Ogunde mentioned that the laptops were purchased from a licensed distributor and come with warranties. He stated that anything the set of 1982 is going to donate to the faculty will be the best.