UNILAG Closed over Students Protest


Students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), for now have been asked to stay outside the school gates. 

Management of the school said since the students prefer protest to learning, they are to remain outside the campus of the school indefinitely.

This decision was contained in a circular issued Friday morning in response to Thursday’s protest by students.

The authorities ordered students to vacate their hostels before 10am Friday.

Students had on Thursday shunned lectures and other academic activities to protest the epileptic power and water supply to their hostels.

The students, who barricaded the university gate, to prevent entrance into and exit from the main campus, regretted that availability of water and power had reached an all-time low, and with the first semester examination scheduled to begin on April 18, there is need to urgently address the matter once and for all.

The students started the protest on Wednesday and continued Thursday because they did not get any promise of addressing the situation by the management.

The management’s circular titled: Immediate Closure of University of Lagos, reads in part: “The Senate of the University of Lagos at an emergency meeting held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, considered the situation on campus occasioned by the ongoing agitation of the students’ body over poor electricity and water supply in the community, and the difficulty faced by large number of students living off campus to attend classes as a result of fuel crisis.

“Senate noted that the problem of poor municipal services is a national issue that the governments at both state and federal level are addressing. In order to forestall breakdown of law and order on campus, all academic activities on campus are hereby suspended with immediate effect.”

The statement added that no student should remain in the halls of residence after 10am today (Friday).

Police vehicles were seen moving round the campus to put the situation under control and prevent break down of law and order.

Author: News Editor

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