The Lagos Business School (LBS) has commenced the construction of the International Management Research Centre (IMRC) to be named after the late Nigerian technocrat and administrator, Gamaliel Onosode.
To mark the occasion, a sod-turning ceremony was held at the centre's construction premises at LBS recently.
The school received a generous donation from the Onosode family, on behalf of the Gamaliel and Susan Onosode Foundation (GAMSU) for the project. The foundation is a non-profit and non-political organisation set out to provide the enabling environment for the success of the Nigerian child through innovative and flexible learning opportunities.
At the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University, Professor Juan Elegido, commended the Onosode family for its commitment to the project and expressed delight at the values the deceased represents.
"Onosode's commitment to professional ethics and excellence are the reason why we are gathered here to erect this research facility that would add value to our faculty and in turn immortalise him."
The Chairman of GAMSU, Mr. Joseph Ajekigbe said LBS is an institution noted for excellence and commitment to adding value to the society, hence it deserves such a research centre that would project the vision of the late administrator.
"We are happy to be worthy partners with the LBS on this project and we are sure the institution's unique ways of doing things is in line with Onosode's vision."
He thanked the Onosode family for its commitment to the project and promised that users of the research facility would be happier when the project is completed.
On his part, Mr. Ese Onosode reaffirmed his father's commitment to the completion of the project and assured the institution of his family's efforts to bring the project to fruition. "We are happy to share my father's vision with LBS and to witness the start of the project and pledge our continuous support till the very end."
He also expressed confidence at the LBS, describing it as a brand to be associated with.
In his remarks, a former Pro-Chancellor of Pan-Atlantic University, Dr. Christopher Kolade said one of Onosode's top concerns about Nigeria, the business sector and public sector was the poverty of management performance in many places. As such, "setting up a management research centre such as this is one of the best things we have done with the legacy he left behind. This is an area of interest in which Onosode had passion and by doing this, we would immortalise him."
He thanked LBS and members of the family for embarking on the project to accomplish the vision of a visionary leader.
The Dean of LBS, Dr. Enase Okonedo thanked the Onosode family and the foundation on behalf of the school. She said there was great cooperation and willingness from both parties during the preparatory stage of the project and commended their commitment towards the vision of the research centre.
The school also received donations from Col. Paul Obi (rtd.) and Zenith Bank Plc. The donations would go towards the building of the centre, which will be used for the school's research activities.
The Gamaliel Onosode Management Research Centre project will house LBS's existing and future research centres, including the Christopher Kolade Centre for Research in Leadership and Ethics, the First Bank Sustainability Centre, the Centre for Infrastructure, Policy, Regulation and Advancement, as well as the Centre for Competitiveness and Strategy.