The management of the Lagos State University (LASU) has closed the institution and directed staff and students to vacate the campus immediately.
The closure it was gathered was not unconnected to the on-going protest by the workers.
The week-long protest by the three staff unions took a major dimension as the workers kicked against the dismantling of union vehicles by the state government.
The closure of the 30-year-old university was conveyed to newsmen on Monday via a text message from the Director of Centre Information Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Ronke Osho.
As soon the information about the closure of LASU spread round the campus, the protesting staff and students ignored the message and wondered when the Senate of the university met to take such decision, adding that six persons cannot take such decision on behalf of thousands of workers.
The text message reads: In view of the forthcoming national and state elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11 respectively, the university management of LASU has declared a recess for both staff and students with effect from Monday 23rd, 2015.
‘’Students and staff are therefore advised to vacate the campus immediately. The date of resumption will be announced later’’.
On the on-going protest, the staff alleged that Lagos state government officials stormed the campus early Monday around 1.30am with a towering van to pull the buses and vehicles used by the staff union to block the two main gates.
In the process of pulling the buses and vehicles, they were badly damaged and this action further angered the workers who staged a protest around the campus chanting anti-management and carried placards with different inscription.
At the Main gate (Badagry Expressway), six police vans and about 20 armed policemen were stationed there and their attempt to enter the campus was resisted by the workers who chased them out.
Reacting to the development, the chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) LASU chapter, Comrade Saheed Oseni, said rather than address the issues in contention, the state government and the university management vandalised their buses and vehicles used to block the two gates.
He confirmed that what happened early Monday, triggered the renew protest but noting ‘’we don’t have any issue with the state government but with the university management even as he decried the silence of the Governing Council over the on-going crisis.
The workers yesterday vowed that the embattled the Vice Chancellor, Prof John Obafunwa would not be allowed into the campus and rejected the state government idea to allow the VC to complete his term.
Credit: Daily Sun