Following the brouhaha going on in the Lagos State University, The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has promised that the House will definitely find a lasting solution to the problems plaguing the Lagos State University (LASU) soon.

He made this know while speaking to liveschoolnews.org grapevine and LASU Alumin Association.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), LASU chapter, on Tuesday, embarked on an indefinite strike to press home their demands.

Ikuforiji gave the promise when he received in audience the executive of LASU Alumni Association, led by Mr Fatai Sonoiki, who came to seek the intervention of the House in the crisis confronting the university.

The speaker, who expressed delight with the recent rating of the Law Faculty of the 30-year-old university as the best in Africa and 14th in the world, also felt happier about the efforts being made to solve the problems of the institution with the concern shown by the institution’s alumni association.

“I believe in what belongs to my family. LASU is the institution I can call mine. We were happy when the then government of Alhaji Lateef Jakande, created the school many years back because it is a university we can call our own.
“I ensured that my daughter attended LASU even when I was a lecturer in the United States of America in the 90s. It is now surprising that we do not have peace in LASU that has produced eminent people that are doing well in their chosen professions, he lamented.

Ikuforiji recalled what the House had been doing to ensure the school became a force to be reckon with, saying that the House played a key role in how the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) got some courses in the institution accredited after they were initially de-accredited.

Speaking earlier, the chairman of the Alumni Association, Mr Onoiki, lamented the incessant crisis rocking the university in spite of various interventions made by the association, saying such development had tended to create a negative image for the institution before the public.

“We had to send a delegation led by the current Deputy Speaker of the House, Honourable Musibau Taiwo Kolawole, to NUC office in Abuja, when they de-accredited eight courses in the institution, and even promised to come back in two weeks to de-accredit more courses.

Ikuforiji, however, added that a visitation panel set up by the governor later recommended increase in the fees being paid by the students of the school, which he said had also led to many crises in the second generation university.

Speaking earlier, the chairman of the Alumni Association, Mr Onoiki, lamented the incessant crisis rocking the university in spite of various interventions made by the association, saying such development had tended to create a negative image for the institution before the public.

Sonoiki, who said that the association decided to run to the Assembly to prevent another round of strike action by unions in the school such as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU).

He, therefore, called on the House to quickly intervene in the recurring crisis with a view to bringing an end to it, even as he suggested that the House should initiate a tripetite meeting to which the Alumni Association could be invited to end the menace.

According to him, the LASU Governing Council, led by the Pro-Chancellor, the university authority, led by the Vice-Chancellor and the unions in the university as well as the students should be invited to the meeting.

“The House can call a meeting of LASU Governing Council, led by the Pro-Chancellor, university authority, led by the Vice-Chancellor and the unions in the university. The alumni association too can be invited to the meeting. The goal is to find a lasting solution to the instability in the school,” he said.

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