UNILAG scraps students unionism, announces May 9 for examinations

Weeks after a violent protest by its students that led to the closure of the institution, the University of Lagos has announced the suspension of the Students’ Union and set Monday May 2 as resumption date. This was contained in a statement issued at the weekend by the Registrar, Dr Taiwo Ipaye.

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The statement read: “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. That: “the ULSU executive and the Student Legislative Council should be dissolved forthwith and that “faculty and departmental associations should work with the University management through the Students’ Affairs Division in the interim.”

While announcing May 2, 2016, as the resumption date, and May 9 as the commencement date for the first semester examination, the statement further directed all students to sign an undertaking “to be of good behaviour.”

The undertaking, which must also be endorsed by the students’ parents or guardians, the statement said, would be required before each student could obtain a clearance form with which they could gain access to the halls of residence and the examination halls.


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