The students of the prestigious University of Lagos refused to allow protesting Lagos State University Students into their campus premises today. In a situation which turned the whole University community into near-chaotic situation, the security guards around the University gate prevented the protesters from what one of them called turning UNILAG into a battle ground for student grievances. The gates were locked for more than three hours from 11:00 am in the morning, preventing movement in and out of the school.
some of the protester who claimed they came from Lagos state University, representing National Association of Nigerian Students said they are here in UNILAG on solidarity call to join their protest on so many issues which include LASU exorbitant fees, ASUU strike and the need for UNILAG to have Student Union Government Body. However, UNILAG students through their spokesperson rejected their plight as illogical, ill-timed and their persistence to enter the school premises, a misplaced action to turn the 'peaceful' school into battle ground. He added that, if the protesters are sincere about their grievances they ought to have informed the interim student body before they came unannounced, and the protest should have been taken to Government Secretariat or ASUU headquarters, not University of Lagos.
It should be noted that the ASUU strike which is currently running to three months is still yet to be resolved. It is clear that the government has stopped paying the salaries of the striking lecturers since July. The lecturers through the ASUU chairman Dr. Isa Faggea in a communique released this morning vow to continue and not be deterred by non-payment of their salaries.