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NANS slams Sanwo-Olu over LASU stampede, says Governor increased tuition without facilities

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Southwest Zone, has blamed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the stampede that occurred Monday at the Lagos State University, LASU.

The student body said it frowns at Gov Sanwo-Olu’s “look away” attitude on educational development in Lagos.

DAILY POST reported the management of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, as saying that the desperation of some students to force their ways into a 500-seat Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre led to a stampede, causing injuries to some of them.

It was learnt that some students fainted in the stampede while some sustained injuries and were all taken to hospital.

But NANS Southwest zonal leadership, in a statement made available to DAILY POST by its Coordinator, Comrade Kowe Odunayo, on Monday, said it “frowns at the inhumane, wicked and deliberate lackadaisical attitude of Gov Sanwolu by not seeing it necessary to put in place a conducive learning environment before thinking of doing business on our campus.”

Odunayo said the, “Lagos State Government through the management of LASU desperately admits heavy thousands of students to LASU for every academic session without working on putting in place facilities needed for a conducive learning campus”; adding that LASU remains one of the schools where education is becoming unaffordable for the sons and daughters of the poor.

The statement reads inter alia:

“Recall, that the zonal leadership of NANS some weeks ago described as a Greek gift the so-called abstract development that was overblown in the media, where the Government of Lagos State was quoted to have reached an agreement with some developers to build hostels in LASU.

“The Southwest zonal leadership of NANS became worrisome on how a government will be much more interested in doing a structured business on our campus, when the primarily needed infrastructures to aid a conducive learning environment are not given necessary attention.

“NANS Southwest leadership frowns at the inhumane, wicked and deliberate lackadaisical attitude of Gov Sanwolu by not seeing it necessary to put in place a conducive learning environment before thinking of doing business on our campus.

“It is no longer news that LASU remains one of the schools that education is becoming unaffordable for the sons and daughters of the poor. Lagos State govt thru the management of LASU desperately admits heavy Thousands of students to LASU for every academic session without working on putting in place facilities needed for a conducive learning campus.

“We hereby call on Gov Sanwolu to as a matter of urgency and in the interest of Nigerian Students in LASU, look away from his structured business that he intends doing with the overbearing figure of LASUites on campus and rather build lecture Halls and lecture theatre that will make learning easy for LASUites thereby reduce the stress and threats our students are subjected to daily, all in the name of learning.

“Finally, NANS Southwest leadership calls on Gov Sanwolu to declare State of emergency on education sector in Lagos state. We look forward to your express rescue to this menace as we pray that the good Lord reward you and your children in folds on whatever treatment our students are subjected in Lagos State.”

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