Students of Lagos State University, LASU, have urged the management of the institution to immediately re-open their campuses which have been closed for weeks due to elections.
In a statement issued and signed by the president of Students Union Government, SUG, Adeyemi Wasiu Onikoro, the students claimed that the continued shut down of academic activities on their various campuses was taking its toll on students, and the students’ union is firmly against this.
“We would like to reiterate that the continued shut down of academic activities on our various campuses is taking its toll on our students, and the Students’ Union is firmly against this.”
They maintained that it was over three weeks now since the election process took place across the country, and the school management is yet to give a specific date for resumption of the school activities.
He said SUG urged the management to announce a date for resumption when they first announced the recess but it declined, adding that the political atmosphere had been calm and peaceful, and as such they believed the management should have toed the part of other higher institutions that declared election recesses and thereafter resumed activities.
The union, however, alleged that the management was fond of rushing students and this is not good for them as it affects their academic performance.
“The Students’ Union is worried about this development as academic calendar is still running. The tradition in LASU that students are rushed into writing exams eight weeks after resumption due to crises management would no longer be accommodated, as it does not allow real preparation for such exams.”
According to the union’s president, the fate of their graduating students is not clear as they may not join their colleagues in other institutions to the forth-coming National Youth Service Corps programme which is starting on May 5 this year, following the disagreement between the staff union and management.
They urged the warring factions to settle the dispute for the benefit of the students.
“Our graduating students who are expected to resume NYSC camp on the 5th of May have their fate hung as a result of the protracted face off between the Staff Union and the management.
“We urge the warring faction to swiftly reach a compromise as we will stand tall to face anybody who intends to sacrifice the future of students on the altar of personal gains.”

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