- Bola Kougbe
The Lagos State University, LASU, has empowered more than 80 students by employing them to work in the institution’s library on a part-time basis. The University Librarian, Dr Oduwole Adebanbo, said on Wednesday that the initiative was a work-study project geared towards developing the students’ employability skill. “Management of this university is committed to developing the employability skills and work experience of our students. “We also want them to earn substantial money while they school here. “The project is just one of many the university management is working on,” he said. Adebanbo said that any of the students, who perform well, will be retained by the university. He also advised the students to be at their best in terms of dressing, dedication and maturity. President of LASU Students Union, Kappo Samuel, described the initiative as laudable. He said the 80 students were shortlisted out of hundreds of applicants and the selection process was transparent. “The work-study project is a synergy programme between LASUSU and the management of the institution. “It will employ over 500 students at its peak as the process for other similar opportunities will soon be announced,” he said. Samuel said that the beneficiaries had a four-day intensive training and had started work on July 8. He added that the students would get stipends ranging from N10, 000 monthly. The students would work only on weekends so that the project would not affect their academic activities. Their schedule of duty includes retrieving books with cards and sorting retrieved books back to shelves, among other duties.