LASU Students Protest School Closure

Some students of the Lagos State University, Ojo, on Thursday led a protest against the continued closure of the institution to the office of the Lagos State Governor.

The protesters, who marched at about 1pm carrying placards, demanded the immediate re-opening of the school, which was shut on March 16, 2015.

They also appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to address the lingering labour issues in the institution.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards read, “Re-open LASU now”; “After election, wetin remain”; “LASU students are ready to resume,” and “We want to graduate,” among others.

It will be recalled that the state-owned institution was closed prior to the 2015 general elections, while the state government cited elections for the closure. There was also a brewing labour crisis which had threatened the peace in the institution.

The crisis, a face-off between the Non-Academic Staff Union and the school management had caused the indefinite postponement of the 20th convocation earlier scheduled for March 18 and 19, 2015.

The students insisted that it was no longer acceptable that the institution should remain shut since the general elections had been concluded in the last three weeks.

Wasiu Adeyemi, president of the Student Union Government, said, “After the elections, we expect that they would allow the students to come back to school, but the government and the management have remained mute, which is unacceptable. We want to learn, we want to go back to school.”

The students, in a position paper submitted to the governor, further appealed to Fashola to wade into the NASU/management face-off in order to let peace reign in the school.

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