Ex-UN chief to deliver UNILAG 50th anniversary lecture

A former United Nations Under -Secretary -General and the Special Representative of the Secretary -General for Sustainable Energy, Dr Kandeh Yumkella , will deliver the 50 th anniversary lecture of the University of Lagos .
At a briefing held on Monday , the President of the University of Lagos Alumni Association , Dr John Momoh , said the theme of the lecture is , ‘How Nigeria Can Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 . ’
He added that the anniversary , scheduled to hold between October 13 and 25 , 2019 , would have the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals , Dr Adejoke Orelope -Adefulire , as one of the discussants at the event.
A former Acting Managing Director of the Bank of Industry Limited , Dr Waheed Olagunju , said Nigeria did not fare well in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals , hence the need to join hands with the Federal Government .
Olagunji , who is also the chairman of the programme sub -committee of the anniversary , said, “ This time around , we must make the SDGs a template of development in Nigeria . The government cannot do it alone. There is a need for collaboration with the private sector .
“ We are doing our best to be relevant to the development of the country . There is a correlation between poverty and unemployment . We can’ t eliminate poverty without tackling unemployment .”
The Vice -Chancellor of the university , Prof Toyin Ogundipe , noted that the 50 th anniversary celebration was coming at the right time .
He said , “ This is the right time to celebrate the University of Lagos . The recent ranking by Times Higher Education recently put the university somewhere between the 801 st and 1000 th positions in the world .
“ Between 2017 and the present day , the institution has been able to attract research grants of over N 5 bn in the area of research . The University of Lagos is a brand that other universities want to contest with . It is a university of first choice and the nation ’s pride . In the political space, our alumni are all over the place . The Vice President , Governor of Lagos State , the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State and the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives are all from the University of Lagos . This is a big celebration that I believe everyone will want to align with .”