Fashola Calls Striking LASU Lecturers For Dialogue

Kazeem Ugbodaga

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has appealed to striking lecturers of the Lagos State University, LASU, to embrace dialogue by coming to the negotiation table.

The lecturers embarked on indefinite strike on Tuesday due to the failure of the government to meet their demands in the area of promotion and others.

Fashola, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, said government was ready to dialogue with the lecturers in order to end the crisis in the school.

According to him, government would invite the lecturers and management of the school for dialogue in order to reolve the isues at hand.


“The striking lecturers of LASU are our people. We will continue to dialogue, engage ourselves and look at issues that will further help to improve the standard of education in the state together,” he said.

Fashola said resolving the LASU crisis was in the interest of the state, the school and the students and all stakeholders of the institution.

“There issues will be looked into and everything that needed to be done will be done. I am only trying to admonishing the lecturers to sit down with their management to discuss whatever issue they have against themselves.

“They should both realize that the future of the students, who are leaders of tomorrow are at stake. The government will call them and look at the issues, with the view to getting a solution to it.

LASU lecturers began an indefinite strike on Tuesday, with the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), LASU chapter, Dr Adekunle Idris, saying the lecturers would 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 every 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 were many demands,  the lecturers had 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,” he said.

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  • The former Governor of Lagos State and founder of LASU, Alhaji Lateef Jakande had in the wake of the fee hike pleaded with Governor Fashola to review the fees.

    Jakande said: "I am pleading with the governor to review the new fees, so that our heritage would not be destroyed. Before now, the poor people have been struggling to see their children through school. The increase in fees will affect their children" (Daily Post Newspaper, December 21, 2011).

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  • There is the saying that says if education is expensive, try ignorance. The question is how many people can afford this expensive education. We are not saying that tertiary education should be free, but how many people can afford. In a state and nation where the government can not even pay the minimum wage, but when it comes to increasing other essential services, they are quick to act. And when it comes to increasing top government allowances, they are equally quick to act on this. But to increase workers salaries, they can debate on this forever.

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