21 May 2014

Nigeria: Lagos Varsity Lecturers Begin Indefinite Strike

Lagos — Barely five months after returning to classrooms following a nationwide strike, lecturers at the Lagos State University (LASU) yesterday declared an indefinite strike.

At a press conference, Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) LASU chapter, Dr Adekunle Idris, said they will not return to the classroom except three of their demands are met.

"We are using this opportunity to inform the academic community and the good people of Lagos State that from today (Tuesday), we the academic staff members of Lagos State University are withdrawing our services to embark on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike until the three core demands of our union are completely met. It is a sad decision we are compelled to take and we have taken it with very sense of responsibility. We are well prepared for the usual phases of engagement with authorities in Nigeria; denial, blackmail and finally return to the altar of the truth," he said.

Idris said though there are many demands, yet the lecturers have been "magnanimous enough to trim them to three".

"These include; reversal of the high LASU school fees regime, repeal of the 'No vacancy, No Promotion' policy of the LASU administration and implementation of the Universities (miscellaneous provisions) Amendment Act, 2012," Idris said.

The ASUU chairman said the hike in LASU school fees has actually made the varsity the most expensive public institutions in Nigeria.

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