UNILAG Students Protests Over Poor Utilities

..No Electricity, Water

…Police On alert

The Senate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Thursday went into an emergency session as acute water shortage and absence of electricity triggered students protest for two days running.

Sources told independent that the Senate may recommend the closure of the school if the situation worsened.

The students had protested on Wednesday and Thursday, barricaded the school’s main gate and prevented motorists from entering the institution.

The development had led to the deployment of police officers from Sabo, Denton, Surulere, Bariga and Orile Divisions to be on alert in case of any eventuality.

The policemen in eight patrol vans mounted surveillance at the Akoka end of the gate leading to the University campus.

As at the time of filing this report, the protesting students barricaded the main gate and prevented vehicular movement in and out of the Campus although the pedestrian gate was opened for students and visitors who went in and out unmolested.

The protesters who marched round the campus also complained of deteriorating learning environment at the Akoka campus.

They said: “There is no water in any hostel. The management has been preventing other suppliers of water from bringing water to the institution.”

According to the students the inability of the University management to proffer solutions to the lingering water situation had made life difficult on the campus.

Adekunle Hungbo, a part III student of Science education said, “the epileptic power supply, lack of water and the rise in pure water price on the camp are the problems we are facing.”

A female student that spoke anonymously with Independent explained that the little drop of water she used to clean up earlier was the last drop in her reservoir.

No management staff of the University was around to address the protesting students who insisted that the Vice Chancellor, Professor Rahaman Bello must address and give them reasons to suspend the protest.

The cost of intra campus shuttle services however remained stable at N30 while the shuttle from the campus to Yaba and Bariga is still N50.

Meanwhile, the university on Wednesday appointed Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Research.

Ogundipe, of the university’s Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, succeed Prof. Babajide Alo, the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Research.

The institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information, Mr Toyin Adebule, who announced the appointment in a statement made available in Lagos said that the appointment was with effect from April 1, 2016.

Adebule stated that the new DVC’s appointment was in accordance with the provision of the institution’s Act of 1967 as amended in Section 4 and 5 in the University Miscellaneous Provision Act, 1993.