Students of the Lagos State University, Ojo, yesterday appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to reopen the institution.
It would be recalled that on March, 23, management of the institution, order students and staff to proceed on a recess to enable them exercise their civic rights during the last general election. Students and staff were advised to vacate the campus immediately. The date of resumption will be announced later.
The students, in a statement made available to Vanguard and signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State University Students’ Union, Mr. Adebanjo Fatai, lamented that the state government and the varsity management was not ready to reopen the school as they have treated reopening of the institution with levity.
Fatai said that rather than reopening the institution for the commencement of academic activities, the institution management went online to publish an article, “Declared recess is still very much in force.”
He added “The students’ Union of LASU respectfully assert that the online bulletin released by LASU Management shows how irrational and reckless the Management is towards the reopening of LASU.
“The love of LASUites is never in the heart of the Management as we can deduce that the management and the state government are not ready to reopen the school.”
In the same vein, The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lagos State University (LASU) branch, has appealed to the public to prevail on the government to reopen the university.
ASUU insists that their members and other workers were not on strike and, therefore, see no reason for the university to remain shut.
At a briefing in LASU, ASUU-LASU Chairman, Dr Adekunle Idris, said it was sad that over a week after the elections, management had not reopened the school, wondering the kind of effect it would have on students.
“Since the elections ended Saturday (April 11), we have lost another week of academic activities without any pronouncement of a resumption date. The union is disturbed by this disregard for academic calendar of the university. To later collapse the academic calendar without regard for the adequate coverage of the curriculum so as to push out graduates and have a record of so many convocations done is not in the interest of our students and the society,” Idris said, calling on the government to resume genuine dialogue with workers.
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