The crisis rocking the Lagos State University got to its head Monday as the institution Vice Chancellor, Professor John Obafunwa was pelted with sachets of water by the protesting staff of the institution.
The unfortunate incident which paralyzed academic and social activities including the preparations for the Wednesday convocation ceremony in the institution made the vice chancellor to weep.
The protesting workers under the aegis of the Non Academic Staff Union of University, NASU, Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU and the Senior Staff Academic of Nigeria University, SSANU, have embarked on a protest to drive home point over their alleged arrears of debts owed by the management of the University.
The protesting workers among other things were protesting their alleged non promotion over the years, non payment of the area of the 45 percent fund, appointment of contract staff while the appointment of those on casual track over the years were withheld.
However, the school management has promised to address the issues one after the other. In an official bulletin dated March 12, the school authorities has promises to “expedite action to conclude procession of the 2012/2013 promotion of 68 members of staff whose promotions were approved by the council for the session under reference.”
It also craved “the understanding of the executive members of the unions to appeal to their members to exercise patience,” as we’ll as promising to increase the security of the staff of the institution.
As early as 7.20 am yesterday the two entrances into the Ojo main campus of the university were barricaded by vehicles belonging to individual members of the union, disallowing principal officers, staff and students from driving into the school.
This led to a heavy traffic along popular Igando-LASU road, whereby the two lane road was reduced to a single one making commercial buses plying the road to abandon it.
The situation has persisted until the Vice Chancellor got to the gate alongside some principal officers, who were tackled by the protested workers demanding the payment of the 45 percent arrears of some allowances owed them by the school authorities.
However, the vice chancellor who decided to walk into the premises to inspect some ongoing projects expected to be commissioned by the school visitor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, wednesday was booed by the staff who were calling him unprintable names.
They were singing after him as he trekked into the campus unperturbed.
However, the workers who felt angry over what they called “unattended to” by the vice chancellor started throwing sachets of water at him, which eventually made his cloth wetted.
The situation infuriated the vice-chancellor who sobbed as he walked through the main road leading to the main gate of the campus.
As at the time of filling this port, the gates leading into the schools were still under locks and keys as police vehicles were stationed at the gate to forestall violence, while the students who came to school could not receive lectures, but only remain passive to the development while discussing the issue in groups.