The Governing Council and Management of Lagos State University, LASU on Monday resumed academic and administrative activities.
In a statement on the school’s website, the Management urged all staff and students to go about their normal activities in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Amidst issues that are yet to be resolved, the school authorities went ahead to re-open the institution at a review meeting of the representative of the Governing Council, university management and executives of the students union.
The Student Union Government, SUG President of the institution, Adeyemi Onikoro stated that though academic and administrative activities at the institution have begun, he hinted that some of the issues on ground were yet to be resolved. Speaking with Hallmark correspondent, Onikoro explained that the decision to re-open the institution was made last week after a Management meeting with the Student Union Government.
He stated the position of the SUG on the rancor in the institution; explaining that the parties concerned should work on reaching an agreement in due course. In his words, Onikoro said “Even though 65 percent of the students are already in school for academic activities but the fact remains the issues are still pending and could have affect on the students”. He added that if the feud continues without reconciliation from the parties affected, the jubilation over the re-opening of the institution would only last for a short period.
He also advised that while the parties wait for mediation on the matter, they should “shift ground” because concession might be the only solution. Not forgetting the issue of certificate withdrawal of some of the lecturers, he urged that certificate withdrawal be returned.
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Adekunle Idris insisted that his members were not on strike. “We are not on strike, we have been working since the university declared recess without Senate approval,” adding that his members were never on strike.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said they are not against the reopening of the university for academic activities as they insisted that the issues that led to the current crisis has not been resolved.
SSANU LASU chairman, Comrade Saheed Oseni stated that members are not opposed to the reopening of the institution for academic activities on Monday and expressed concern that their demands have not been addressed.
He said, “Our congress will soon meet to deliberate on the resolutions reached at council/ staff unions meeting on April 11 at LASUCOM. We just received the resolutions and congress will look at the decisions and take a position on them’’.
Recall, the institution was shut two months ago by the management of the institution