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LASU Students Fight Fashola Over Closure

Emmanuel Ukudolo

Students of Lagos State University, (LASU) yesterday threatened to disrupt activities lined up for transition from the Fasholaled government of Lagos State to that of Akinwunmi Ambode come May 29 unless their school is reopened for academic activities.

The students, numbering over 200 stormed Alausa, the seat of power to formally register their grievances about continued closure of the school. Led by Public Relations Officer of LASU Student Union Government (SUG), Comrade Adebanjo Fatai, the students said they were at the Government House with their mats and would sleep outside until their demands were met if the need be. He said the student’s body was not part of the movement for or against Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor John Obafunwa and that crisis in management should not be visited on innocent students. He said that upon service of 48 hours ultimatum on the Lagos State Government and management of the Lagos State University(LASU), management summoned a meeting but that the student body insisted that they would not meet with them for lack of confidence and unsuitable venue.

According to him, any meeting by management with students should take place in the school since it has auditorium that could seat up to 5,000 students. He said they were informed that the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola ordered the continued closure of the institution due to management issues with lecturers, adding that the students were ready for academic activities and want to graduate hence they are insisting on opening the school for academic activities. They threatened to unleash other strategies towards realizing their aims if the Lagos State Government failed to open the school by Monday

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