[Lagos]–The students of the University of Lagos are currently protesting against the school management over the unjust suspension of their student leaders and poor living conditions of the students.
The protest organised under the “Save UNILAG Coalition” is being led by the Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neoliberal Attacks (ANSA), NANS JCC, Lagos State, Education Rights Campaign, Lagos and other students’ bodies.
In a letter signed by Sanyaolu Juwon, Secretary of the coalition and earlier made available to the press, it stated, “The Save UNILAG Coalition seizes this medium to bring to the notice of the public an imminent mass action slated to hold on the 6th of March 2017. The mass action which was resolved at a meeting convened by the Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neoliberal Attacks (ANSA) at the Lagos State University (LASU) on the 18th of February 2017 is meant to demand the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of Comrade Adeyeye Olorunfemi (The National Secretary of ANSA and active member of SAYASI) as well as the UNILAG 10. The meeting witnessed the active participation of NANS JCC Lagos, SAYASI, TASUED SUG, ERC Lagos, NANS VP External and other well-meaning radical Students’ Activists of LASU. It was however the resolution of the above stated broad coalition to declare March 6 as a day of action in demand for the reinstatement of the politically victimized comrades of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).”
It was further added, “Recall that the students of the University of Lagos protested the bad welfare condition of the campus for three consecutive days. The protest started on the 6th of April 2016 before it was forcefully repressed on the later hours of April 8. While the management has till date remained recalcitrant and unrepentant in the aim of strangulating the welfare condition of students, they have rather been swift and astute in repressing constructive dissent channeled at demanding modern living condition for the general studentry. The management immediately rusticated the students perceived to be forerunners of the struggle and subsequently placed the Students’ Union under ban; a tactic which does not only reflect a flagrant display of impunity but a characteristics that can only be attributed to feudal dictatorship. Today, the institution that prides itself as one of the best University in the country cannot boast of six hours of steady power supply neither has water supply deviated from being persistently epileptic.”
The letter finally pleaded, “The events in the University of Lagos have not only confirmed the correctness of the students’ struggle of April, it has as also re-enforced the apt necessity to take up an active struggle against the aforementioned myriads of crisis that currently belittles the institution as a University that has only succeeded in advancing a little above the renaissance. It is on this basis that we re-emphasize our call for the immediate reinstatement of the 11 victimized students’ activist, democratic restoration of the Students’ Union and pro-student living and learning condition. We demand an end to arbitrary imposition of fees and a right to free, quality and accessible education for all students. We forthwith enjoin mass of students, activists, civil societies, NANS, students’ unions and organized labor, to join us in Lagos on 6th of March 2017 as we collectively reject this aggravated trend of undemocratic management of our universities.”
It will be recalled that the management of the University of Lagos, through the Student affairs in a statement released on Sunday, March 5, 2017 warned the students not to hold any protest as it might degenerate into violence and further advised students of the institution not to join those planning the protest but to go about their normal student activities.
Premium Times has reported earlier today that Anti-riot police fires teargas at protesting UNILAG students in front of the university’s main gate and that a female student reportedly collapsed and was rushed to the university medical centre.
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