Following a last minute resolution by the Senate of the Lagos State University (LASU), the management of the institution on Thursday announced the suspension of the ongoing examinations.
It would be recalled that the National Universities Commission, (NUC), had on February 9th in a statement signed by the Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki
directed the closure of all universities and inter-university centres between February 22nd and March 14.
The initial posture of the LASU management contrary to the NUC directive culminated in a hot debate between the authority of the institution and the students union government.
However, in a statement tagged: “Review Of Senate Earlier Decision On The Ministerial Directive On The Closure Of All Universities And Inter University Centres During The Upcoming 2023 General Elections”, the Senate announced that students should vacate the campus effective Thursday, 23rd February 2023 and to resume on Tuesday, 14th March 2023.
The statement reads, “The Senate at its 295th Statutory Meeting held on Thursday, 23rd February 2023 reviewed its decision at the Emergency Meeting held on Monday, 13th February 2023, on the Ministerial Directive on closure of all Universities and Inter University Centres during the upcoming 2023 General election.
“Senate reviewed its decision on the earlier directives of the Federal Government through the National Universities Commission (NUC) on closure of all Universities and Inter University Centres in view of the prevailing circumstances and the non-availability of new Naira notes in different parts of the country and decided that students should vacate the campus effective Thursday, 23rd February 2023* and to resume on Tuesday, 14th March 2023.
“Senate further directed that other activities of the University should continue to run with particular reference to:
“Provision of skeletal services by staff members from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and other essential services by the University; and
The statement added, “Students who have registered for their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC) in the University should be allowed to stay on the Campus to exercise their franchise.”