UNILAG shut after students’ protest over power outage, water scarcity



Following students’ protest against power outage and water scarcity, the management of University of Lagos (UNILAG) yesterday shut down the institution indefinitely.

A statement made available to The Guardian by the information unit of the school said the Senate reached the decision during an emergency meeting on Thursday to examine students’ agitation.

The management, according to the statement, attributed the ongoing crisis (lack of electricity and water) at the Akoka campus to poor municipal services affecting the entire country, adding that the university would be opened when the situation improves.

“The Senate considered the situation on campus, occasioned by the ongoing agitation of the student body over poor electricity and water supply in the community, and the difficulty faced by the large number of students living off campus to attend classes as a result of the 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.

“However, to forestall a further breakdown of law and order on campus, the Senate has resolved that all academic activities on campus are hereby suspended with immediate effect and the university is, therefore, closed with immediate effect.”

All students were consequently directed to vacate the various halls of residence before 10 .00a.m yesterday.

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