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Lagos lawmakers ask authorities to re-open LASU

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Gbenga Akanmu
The Lagos State House of Assembly has recommended the reopening of the crisis-ridden Lagos State University (LASU), for academic activities within a week from today pending the decision of the visitation panel’s investigation.

This was part of the recommendations of the House at its plenary session yesterday when it adopted the recommendations of the ad-hoc committee on the LASU crisis.

The House also advised all parties to embrace peace and return to their duty posts, adding that no member of staff, students or academic should be victimised based on their involvement in the crisis.

The lawmakers advised the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lateef Hussein to improve on his inter-personal relationship with students and staff of the school.

The House also said it was not necessary to remove the VC now because of the investigation by the visitation panel which it recommended.

It recommended further that former student union president, Ahmed Omisore, be issued with a letter of release to enable him proceed on the National Youths Service Corp (NYSC) programme.

It recommended that the university management should reconsider Dr. Momoh’s application for professorship and back date his qualification to 2006 when he applied for the post if found qualified.

The House only dropped one of the ad-hoc committee’s 29 recommendations and added four more which would be sent to the governor for approval and implementation.

The committee’s recommendations were presented to the whole House by Chairman of the committee, Majority Leader, Kolawole Taiwo.

According to Taiwo, “we are convinced that our corrections would best serve the interest of the university, students and staff, that the removal being canvassed by the various unions is not necessary at this time.”

The House, however, resolved to adjourn deliberation on the report till today to give the lawmakers enough time to study the 38-page report.


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