To create economic opportunity and make money for the country, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) of Lagos State has challenged the authorities of the Lagos State University (LASU) to improve on research.
He said that expanding in research capacity by the institution would provide solution to malaria, which preponderance has created economic opportunities for another part of the world.
The governor said this while receiving a delegation of the authorities of the institution, led by the Pro-Chancellor, Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun in Ikeja.
While also urging the dons of the university to provide home-grown solutions to problem besetting the state, Fashola called on the institution to lead the way in responding to the local needs of the people in the areas of infrastructure, power and other environmental challenges facing the state.
Describing an illiterate population as a danger, Fashola said a university community should strive to provide solutions to the challenges of human existence and come up with findings that will lead to preservation of lives.
He said: “That is why we have to look at the quality of education and how much contribution we are giving to the major stakeholders in that sector.”
He said such an endeavour might lead to the mitigation of malaria that is responsible for the death of more children daily than the HIV/AIDS.
“These are some of the things I will like to see LASU to be leading, showing the way and challenging other universities to respond to our power needs, our infrastructural needs, and other challenges besetting our development. We have come of age and should be showcasing home-grown solutions to many problems of our state,” Fashola said.