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Student leaders at University of Lagos call on students to return

Student leaders at University of Lagos call on students to return

Nigeria

The Student Union of the University of Lagos in Nigeria has called on students to return to campus after its closure on Friday, by the university management.

The campus was closed following a series of demonstrations to denounce the poor conditions on the campus including the lack of water and electricity shortage.

“The struggle continues and we want our students to be back on campus by Monday because we cannot wait for weeks and days for this to take time. It affects us a lot,” said Mohammed Olaniyan, president of the student union of the University of Lagos.

We believe in the Senate, which is the higher decision body of the University of Lagos. We will speak to them. I'm sure they will attend to our needs. But the school will be open by Monday.

The University of Lagos authorities said it took the move “to forestall a further breakdown of law and order on campus.”

It is unclear at this stage what the position of the university is on the matter because is had not said when the university would reopen.

“We believe in the Senate, which is the higher decision body of the University of Lagos. We will speak to them. I’m sure they will attend to our needs. But the school will be open by Monday,” a student leader said.

Also at the heart of the problem is Nigeria’s fuel shortage which has crippled transportation in the country.

The demonstrations where partly to protest against some student’s inability to reach the campus because of the ongoing shortage.