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UNILAG: Union leader urges students to be peaceful

09 May 2015, 08:56

Lagos - The Students' Union President of the University of Lagos, Martins Abiodun, on Friday urged the students of the institution not to allow themselves to be used to disrupt the peace in the university.

Abiodun was speaking against the backdrop of attempts by some persons to foment trouble and disrupt the peace being enjoyed by the university community.

 He said in Lagos that some persons, in collaboration with a few students of the institution, had, on May 6, tried to seize the gate of the institution.

Abiodun said that the students were agitating for an extension of their examination that was scheduled to commence on May 11 by one week, to enable them to prepare well for the examination.

 "I think some persons, probably in collaboration with some of our students, must have tried to take the laws into their hands, by attempting to do what they tried to do.

 "I got the information about the development and as I rushed down to school, I met them at the gate.

 "When I asked what the issue was, I was told that they wanted an extension of their date of examination.

 "I told them that what they were doing was uncalled for, as they ought to have come to me first to lay whatever grievances they had against the authorities before making any move.

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 "I feel the problem was just lack of communication because these people were not aware of the fact that the authorities had already granted them the request.

 "We had a meeting with the school authorities over the issue, and it was considered.

 "However, peace and normalcy has since been restored in the school, and everybody is going about his or her activities without any hitch," the students leader said.

Abiodun pleaded with the students to remain calm and face their academic activities.

 "I want to assure the students that the union will always stand for them any time any day.

 "I want to advise them to remain law abiding and get themselves prepared for their forthcoming examination; by avoiding anything that might compromise their education.

 "I also want to implore the school authorities to always strive to proffer solutions to challenges that might be facing the students at any point in time,'' Abiodun said.

 Some students of the institution had, however, said that the institution had been suffering power outage recently, and that the situation had affected their preparation for the examination.

They said that the issue of power supply was vital to research, online activities, documentation and water supply and urged the authorities to find a quick solution to the problem.


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