Protests: LASU Adamant, Presses on with Examinations

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The Management of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, says the 2012/2013 rain semester examinations starts on Thursday, in spite of protest by some students.

The management said in a statement in Lagos that the request of some aggrieved students for the re-opening of the university’s registration portal came too late.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some LASU students had on Wednesday protested over their inability to register for the semester examination before the university’s portal was closed.

The protesting students, who demanded the re-opening of the registration portal, barricaded the Lagos/Badagry Expressway and the LASU/Iba road for hours.

But the LASU authorities said in the statement that out of the 12,858 duly registered full-time undergraduates, 11,566 students registered their courses online, while 1,292 students did not.

“To put the records straight, the university authority gave the affected students ample time to register their courses online between March and July 2013.

“At various times, the management was magnanimous enough to extend the registration period for the concerned students but regrettably, these set of students did not utilise the opportunity provided to do so.

“The few students who did not register approached the management by way of protest to re-open the registration portal a day to the commencement of the examination.

“The university authority felt the request came rather too late and could disrupt the smooth conduct of the examinations,” the statement said.

It said the management saw the students’ action as unfortunate and urged them to desist from taking the law into their hands by barricading the Lagos/Badagry Expressway and LASU/Iba road.

It also assured the affected students that they would not pay another tuition fees in the next academic session when they were expected to register for their courses online.

The statement urged the students and staff of the university to go about their normal activities without fear of molestation as adequate security machinery had been put in place.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the university management hereby re-affirms that the examinations for the 2012/2013 rain semester will go on as planned,” it said.

Tajudeen Onikoyi, a fourth year student in the Department of Management Technology, said on telephone that the students were protesting to have the registration portal reopened.

“The affected students had appealed to the management and the Governing Council during the student-governing council meeting on Jan. 17.

`The management stood its ground not to reopen the portal for any student who could not meet up with the registration deadline.

“Since examinations start today, the students decided to approach the governing council during a meeting at the senate building but were dispersed by the security.

“The students then blocked the Badagry Express Road after their dispersal by the security, carrying placards and protesting,” he said.

Onikoyi said that the aggrieved students had complained that the hike in the tuition fees had prevented from paying and registering early.


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