The Senate of the University of Lagos have directed that full academic activities resume on campus weeks after the campus was shut down following students’ unrest. This information is contained in a statement released by the school senate on Saturday. It will be recalled that agitation broke out two weeks ago when students protested the scarcity of water and electricity on campus, as well as the general hardship they face owing to the scarcity of fuel. The statement reads;
“The University Senate at its emergency meeting held on Friday, April 22, 2016 has directed that full academic activities should resume on Monday, May 2, 2016.”
The authorities went on to provide a set of guidelines for the returning students.
“In preparation for the resumption, students are expected to adhere strictly to the following guidelines:
“Visit the University website www.unilag.edu.ng and download the Undertaking and Indemnity Form.
“Students are to complete the Undertaking Form and get it notarized.”
Parents and guardians aren’t left out.
“Parents and Guardians are to complete the Parents Indemnity Form.”
The completed undertaking form and Parent’s Indemnity Form should then be submitted at the various departments and clearance obtained as the clearance would be required to gain access into examination halls.
The rest of the statement reads thus:
Students accommodated in halls of residence are to obtain a clearance from the Departmental Officer which must be presented at the halls of residence to gain access into their rooms from Monday, May 2, 2016.
Students are expected to visit the University website from Friday, April 22, 2016 and complete the clearance process on or before Monday, May 2, 2016.
Examinations would commence from Monday, May 9, 2016. Consequently, students are expected to generate their examination dockets and ensure it is duly endorsed by their Course Advisers between Monday, April 25 and Monday, May 2, 2016.
No student would be readmitted without completing the above process.
The University would endeavour to provide electricity in the various halls of residence between the hours of 7.00 pm and 7.00 am daily. The boreholes in the hostels would continue to provide water supply to the hostels until normal supply from the Lagos State Water Corporation resumes.
Examination commences on Monday, May 9, 2016. Students are to confirm their examination time-table from the various Faculties/Departments.
The University senate also dissolved the University’s Student Union and suspended its constitution. According to the terms in the downloadable undertaking forms;
Senate, at its emergency meeting of Friday, April 22, 2016 considered the Report of the Investigative Panel as well as the recommendations from the Committee of Provost and Deans on same and directed that, in view of the violent and disruptive nature of the protest:
The University of Lagos Student Union (ULSU) Constitution should be suspended until further notice
The ULSU Executive and the Student Legislative Council should be dissolved forthwith
Faculty and Departmental Associations should work with the University Management through the Students’ Affairs Division in the interim.
ULSU Constitution should be reviewed to include conflict resolution mechanisms such as establishment of Judicial Arm and Financial Guidelines, which shall be the prelude to subsequent elections into ULSU offices.
Source: University of Lagos website