The Former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon at
UNILAG’s 2012/2013 convocation ceremony held at the
Multipurpose Hall of the university assured the
students that the name of the institution will remain
the same and that nobody can change it.
Gen. Gowon stressed that the university has continued
to progress from strength to strength and urged the
management of the institution to keep the flag flying.
Gowon who was the special guest of honour
commended the management of the institution on
their efforts in maintaining high standard and advised
the graduating students to be good ambassadors of
the institution and continue to improve themselves to
the glory of God, their country, Nigeria and the
He also advised the graduands to set up business and
not rely on white collar jobs.
Addressing male graduands specifically he said “I also
want to admonish you young men here to brace up
because women have taken over. As we can see here,
majority of the prizes were won by ladies; so I want to
urge you to walk shoulder to shoulder with them so
that you won’t be left behind,” he said.
The university’s vice chancellor, Professor Rahamon
Bello in his remark explained that the institution has
continued to relate well with other top universities
worldwide, adding that in the last three years, it has
hosted three top universities from South Africa,
University of Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town
and University of Johannesburg.
According to him, the University of Lagos being one of
the pioneer members of the newly formed 15-member
Consortium of African Research Universities and that
an innovation office is already operational in the
institution and is designed to assist in furthering
research grant acquisitions in various disciplines.