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NISLT Registers LAUTECH Graduates
Feb 20, 2020

The Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT) in the bid to fulfilling its mandate registered graduates of Science Laboratory Technology, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.

This was at the 9th Induction ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, 11th February, 2020 at The Hall, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso.

The Head of Department, Science Laboratory Technology, LAUTECH, Dr. I.C Oladipo in her welcome address said the induction of graduates of the department into their professional body had become an annual event and that this was the 9th in the history of the department.

Dr. Oladipo stated that a total of two hundred and thirty-eight students graduated in the different units of the department and ten out of them passed with First Class degree ranging from CGPA of 4.50 and 4.78 grade.

While speaking, the HOD placed a very high value on the University Management under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde for their maximum support, which she said had placed the department in a better position to discharge its mandate.        

She said that the department was able to earn both NUC and NISLT accreditations twice within a space of sixteen years of its existence.  In her words “this would not have been possible without hard work and commitment of the staff (academic and non-academic), the support of the Dean of the Faculty and the University Management.  We are pleased to let you know that our graduates are doing very well in all spheres of life.” 

While congratulating the Inductees of the day for their well deserved success, the HOD admonished the graduates not to rest on their oars. She also thanked the Management of NISLT for partnering with the University to build a solid link between Science and Technology for the benefit of humanity, the relationship, she said the University would continue to sustain.

LAUTECH is one of the six pioneer Universities of Technology across the Country given approval to run degree programmes in SLT and also the first to be accredited by the NUC and NISLT, also the first University to present students for Induction into NISLT ten years ago were the words of the Dean, Faculty of Pure and Applied Science, Prof. A.T Oladipo.

The Dean said it was no gainsaying that the induction was an important ceremony in the history of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, LAUTECH, where induction is being conducted for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 graduates of Science Laboratory Technology Department.

He opined that the University Management is unrelenting in its efforts to reposition the department for better service delivery.  Staff are being motivated through promotion as at when due and facilities, reagents and chemicals are being provided for smooth conduct of practicals he said.

The Vice Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde in his keynote address posited that the department of Science Laboratory Technology in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, whose graduates he said were the first by any University in Nigeria to be inducted into the noble profession of Science Laboratory Technology by NISLT on 20th April, 2010 had been repositioned for excellence associated with LAUTECH.

Appreciating the authority of NISLT for their partnership, which he said the University was very proud of, the Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. M.O Liasu said the department had been fully accredited both by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT). “We shall continue to strengthen the relationship.”

He admonished members of staff of the University to improve the status of the University amongst its peers by working as a team and remaining focused. While the VC appreciated the parents and guardians for supporting their wards financially and otherwise, he congratulated the inductees on the successful completion of their programme and induction into their professional body, he said it was expected of the graduates to project the good image of the University to the outside world, and uphold the ethics of their profession at all times.

The Director General, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology, Yemi Hezekiah Gbadegesin showed his sincere  pleasure and honour in being part of the conduct of the induction ceremony of the new graduates of SLT department, LAUTECH.

Congratulating the department and the faculty for presenting their graduates for professional registration, the Registrar, acknowledged the contributions of the Governing Council, NISLT, led by Mr. Charles Obaseki for their selfless services and invaluable inputs enjoyed always.

Retrospectively, he said LAUTECH was one of the best Universities in the organization of induction of new graduates and implementation of the SLT curriculum but the headship of the SLT department as it applies to other professional courses in LAUTECH, core lecturers, GLT handling and practical classes were areas that needed amendment. The Registrar also informed participants at the induction ceremony that the University did well in the last Resource Visitation that was conducted in the year 2018/2019, the certificate he said had since been submitted to the University authority.

The Director General also stated that the direction of the Institute had been very clear since its establishment in advancing the Science Laboratory Technology profession in Nigeria he said he would continue to build on the monumental ideologies of his predecessor with little changes if the Institute would remain relevant in our society.

The Director General who announced the partnership of the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology with UNESCO, NOTAP and NINAS among others said the collaboration was to accelerate the technological development that the Institute needs in the context of SLT practice and the realization of the Institute’s goal, which he said had made it necessary for the massive creation of awareness among the people in the Country on the importance and role of SLT profession in the Industries, Research Institutions and the Educational sector.

He also said that the Governing Council of the NISLT had approved the establishment of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Task Team with the aim of getting rid of quacks in the profession and implement policies without tainting it with different characters. I see a bright future for our dear profession provided we adhere strictly to the norms he said.

“It is important to state that Science Laboratory Technology in Nigeria is an important branch of science, and our future depends a lot on its condition and development. SLT deals with the various scientific matters concerning researches, investigations, analysis and so on.”

The Director General listed a few key achievements in the past one year in the Institute to include but not limited to the following: he said the Institute had opened Zonal Offices in the North East (Yola) and South East (Abakaliki) Zones while staff have been posted to South - South (Benin City) Zone. Presently he said the Institute is working hard to get an office space in Kano State for the North West Zone; Completed on-line Portal for membership revalidation, which he said will commence this year. The DG said the Institute had finalized and submitted minimum Science and Technology Laboratory standards required for Institutional Science Laboratories in Nigeria to Federal Ministry of Education (FME) and that the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) has enlisted NISLT members in the planned recruitment into Unity Schools in Nigeria. The Governing Council of the Institute at its 25th Meeting of 30th May, 2019, granted approval for the establishment of Monitoring and Evaluation Task Team for Science Laboratories in Nigeria which he said will commence this year, he further said that training had been conducted for State Chairmen of ASLTON and Security Agencies. The Director General mentioned that the Institute had gotten the approval of the National Council on Science and Technology (NCST) on this matter stating that the Institute had procured some Office Furniture and Equipment, Air Conditioners, Cabinets, Inverters and ICT Facilities for Ibadan Office, rehabilitated  Abuja Office and commenced the perimeter fencing of Ibadan office, equipped Zonal Offices at North East (Yola) South East (Abakaliki) and South -South (Benin City) and procured equipment for the North West (Kano) pending when the office space will be secured; The DG did not forget to mention that the Institute in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology took students  for the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) Competition and came with two (2) medals.

The Director General, Yemi Gbadegesin assured the inductees that there are lots of opportunities to find a job in different research institutes, public/private laboratories, hospitals and many other organizations, which he said would create the need for employment of Laboratory Technologists and Scientists who would be working to analyze products, medicines but that their engagement in such organization depends on their competencies and performance in the peculiarities of those organizations.

Yemi Gbadegesin who said he was highly delighted that the Institute had made very significant and remarkable progress in the targets set when he became the DG/Registrar of the Institute in 2017, which included the gathering at the 9th Induction ceremony of LAUTECH to perform professional duty in line with the Institute’s mandate “to advance science laboratory technology profession in Nigeria”.

Congratulating and applauding the inductees on the next phase of their journey, the Registrar implored the inductees to project the image of the profession as they undertake the practice of their profession in serving this great nation, Nigeria.

The DG who thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the induction ceremony especially the Vice Chancellor of the University, Dean, HOD and ASLTON LAUTECH Branch said the Institute was still working seriously to have the improved Scheme of Service for the teaming members of the Institute in term of entry/exit points.

The occasion was also attended by a member of Council of the Institute representing South West, Mr. Ebaddan, Williams Curtis, ASLTON State Executives and LAUTECH branch Executives.

 


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