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UNILAG Admin: Student Union Agitation “uncalled for” | Some Students Vow not to Leave Campus

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Unilag ShutdownDr Karo Ogbinaka, the Deputy Dean, Students’ Affairs, University of Lagos, has described the action of the students that led to the closure of the institution as unfortunate.

Ogbinaka disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

According to him, the agitation carried out by the students over poor electricity and water supply is simply shopping for reasons.

NAN reports that the university was shut on Thursday, April 7, by the university management after an emergency Senate meeting to forestall law and order on campus.

Ogbinaka said, “I want to say that the action of the students is quite unfortunate and uncalled for, going by what every body is experiencing today in the country.

“I think the students were merely shopping for reasons and I think their action remained a big disappointment to the university management.

Recall that the Vice-Chancellor, had in his magnanimity ceremony reinstated the students’ union during the institution’s 2015 convocation ceremony, 10 years after it was banned.

The same union is now creating instability on campus. In the light of the current situation in the country, the university still does its best to give students electricity every morning during lessons but they all want 24 hour power supply.

There is no way we can give them that because it is being rationed.”

Meanwhile a statement issued by Toyin Adebule, the Deputy Registrar, Information, issued on Friday in Lagos stated that the institution would remain shut till further notice.

The statement noted that it considered the difficulty faced by the large number of students living off campus to attend classes as a result of the fuel crisis.

It quoted Adebule as saying the senate noted that the problem of poor municipal services was a national issue that governments at both state and federal levels were addressing.

He noted that “however, in order to forestall further breakdown of law and order on campus, senate resolved to take the following decisions until the situation normalises.”

He said all students were to vacate the various halls of residence with immediately effect.

“No student should remain in the halls of residence after 10 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016.

A decision to re-open for normal academic activities will be taken as soon as municipal services improved

All members of the university community are enjoined to go about their normal activities as adequate security measures have been put in place.”

Meanwhile, students were seen leaving the campus from their respective halls of residences in large numbers to beat the deadline.

However, even with the heavy security presence on campus to ensure that the students complied with the directive, some others had vowed not to leave.

The students said that their rights were being trampled upon by management.

When asked why they were hesitating to leave as directed, some of the students who vowed to fight on had practically chased the security men away from the campus and had taken over the two entrance of the institution’s gate.

Attempts to get across to the students’ union president failed as his phone was switched off. (NAN)

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10 Comments

  1. Amaka

    April 8, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Niger students. Please complete your education asap. Just stay strong. Most of the people you are fighting have children studying abroad with uninterrupted study. A word is enough for the wise.

  2. Bishop duke

    April 9, 2016 at 12:03 am

    The ULSU presidents phone was switched off because he and his PRO were arrested by the police and had their properties seized including the union bus.

  3. Apples

    April 9, 2016 at 6:22 am

    I think SUG should be banned in all schools!!!
    I was not happy when SUG was introduced into Unilag again, thank God I already left then but I was just angry and I knew in my heart it’s a big mistake!
    Chai! They have turned my Alma into a razz school!!!

  4. Steelz

    April 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

    MOH AND JUMAI WERE NEVER ARRESTED!!!! THEY ONLY CEASED THEIR PHONES AND THE UNION BUS

  5. fixnigeriaseries

    April 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Its 2005 all over again! When will these students learn? Or maybe someone didn’t brief them that UNILAG has zero tolerance for SUG-instigated unrests on campus. Of course they would be sent off, who wants to risk them burning the VC’s lodge one more time? Maybe when they spend 3 months cooling off at home they would learn. What silliness – disrupting school activities over light and water supply, like they can’t see what is going on in the whole country…

  6. Kelechi Okere

    April 9, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    @fixnigeriaseries you are really stupid! Do you think its easy to use toilets that are filled to the brim with shit just because the taps arent running, bed bugs in mattresses! Please these are not things we see in our homes! I went to a Nigerian university and i know how distracting it can be to focus on studies with all these distractions. If you wont fight for your right then shut up and continue with your siddon look chrrrrrrrr

    • fixnigeriaseries

      April 10, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      You are not sounding like you are thinking either. Is this current protest about toilet and bedbugs, and if not, why are you mixing issues here? This current agitation, as the administration has put it, is actually uncalled for as the issues are beyond the school management’s control. If they are really interested in protesting the poor power supply they should charter a bus to the Federal Ministry of Power office in Abuja and conduct their aluta there.

  7. Anonymous

    April 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Sincerely speaking unilag should be able to generate their own power supply. Think about how much the school generates from masters students, diploma students, evening and post graduate student, etc. Except their usual allocation from the government. The so called people clamouring that there is no light have constant supply of light in the staff Quarters and Senate building. So where does that one come from. Please let’s call a spade a spade here. The management have no right whatsoever to shut down the school over a peaceful protest.

  8. Anonymous

    April 10, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Sincerely speaking unilag should be able to generate their own power supply. Think about how much the school generates from masters students, diploma students, evening and post graduate student, etc. Except their usual allocation from the government. The so called people clamouring that there is no light have constant supply of light in the staff Quarters and Senate building. So where does that one come from. Please let’s call a spade a spade here. The management have no right whatsoever to shut down the school over a peaceful protest.
    I must confess I’m highly disappointed

  9. jhennique

    April 11, 2016 at 8:38 am

    the media isnt telling the truth. Two SUG officials were arrested and later released when the students attacked the policemen.

    My siblings go there. My bros room they are 30 in there. 30 boys!!!!! imagine that.
    They refuse to complete hostel renovation. Refuse to repair generators. Refuse to allow pure water vendors into the school as the pure water factory in the school isnt producing enough to go round for the students. There is no water.
    Students climb tanks and use buckets to bail water up to bathe and cook. bedbugs in mattresses. Girls be scratching their vagina up and down cos of infection. Toilets are not cleaned……….please these conditions are inhumane. Nobody should ever live that way, esp when they pay fees.

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