Incredible: N29m Debt Throws LASU Into Darkness; Students, Lecturers Groan Under 2-hr Departmental Power Rotation


By Dare Ojelade, Ojo
Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, recently rated second best university in Nigeria, is in the news again but this time for the negative reason, reports The Gazelle
This medium’s investigations revealed that for the past five weeks, the best State University in Nigeria has been thrown into darkness, no thanks to a N29 million debt being owed the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC).
The Gazelle learnt further that the electricity company has cut off power supply to the University since the end of February, 2021. It was learnt that LASU is indebted to the tune of N29 million and when the institution could not service its debt, IKEDC decided to cut off power supply to the institution.
The Gazelle learnt further that the University cannot even boast of generator powerful enough to take care of all the faculties and departments hence the management had resulted to rationing of electricity supply by the generator to two hours for each department.
This medium learnt that evening lectures have been affected by fhe situation as darkness usually enveloped the classrooms resulting in some cases students using the torchlight on their phones to illuminate the classrooms.
Most of the lecturers have now resulted into online teaching for their students because of the situation.
“It is now common sight in the campus students coming from class sweating profusely as if they had run a marathon race due to the heat generated by the lack of electricity. The situation is really terrible,” a partime student confided in our correspondent.
Students and lecturers have been lamenting and they are seeking the intervention of the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the matter.
“This is not good for our image. Imagine, just weeks after we were rated the second best university in Nigeria and best State University in the country,” one of the lecturers told our correspondent.

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