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Friday, August 21, 2015

LASU CRISIS: Students urge Ambode to wade in

* Say Senate’s inability to sit causing mass failure in departments

The Lagos State University Students Union on Friday urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to end the lingering crisis between the institution’s vice-chancellor and the staff unions.

The Union’s Public Relations Officer, Adebanjo Fatai, said Mr. Ambode should step into the matter to disallow it from getting out of hand.

Mr. Fatai said that the union is in support of the protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students, Zone D, on August 20, to call the governor’s attention to LASU’s crisis.

He said that the protest at the Ojo campus of LASU, during which its gate was barricaded for hours, was not aimed at attacking the staff unions or any other personality.

“NANS intervened to call on the governor for an action, and not to attack the staff unions. So, their action should not be misinterpreted.

“LASUSU is a sister union under the umbrella of NANS Zone D, including 21 other institutions within the geographical location. So, its intervention to lift our plight was just.

“The crisis in LASU has been on ground for the past six months, while the governor assumed office three months now.

“The students, therefore, expect the governor to take a decision to end the rift,’’ the LASU students’ spokesperson said.

Mr. Fatai said the union was not interested in the removal or reinstatement of the Vice-Chancellor, John Obafunwa, as desired by the staff unions.

“All we want is the re-opening of the Senate chambers and the Administrative Block, as the continuous lock of the building was affecting the students both academically and administratively ,” he said.

The PRO lamented that LASU is suffering fas a result of the continuous closure of the Senate chambers and the Administrative building.

“Presently, the 100 Level Law students had not been enrolled because the documents for their accreditation had been locked in the administrative block.

“There are also cases of mass failure in all the departments because the Senate could not sit on students results,” he said.

Mr. Fatai said that the state government, through Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule, however, intervened to stop the August 20 protest, with the reopening of the university, after being shut for hours.

The deputy governor had invited the union for discussions to resolve the crisis, which shows that the NANS Zone D protest had begun to yield positive results already.

[NAN / Vanguard ]

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