Normal activities resumed at Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, on Wednesday after the suspension of a two-day protest by the institution’s academic and non-academic staff unions.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the two main gates leading to the institution were barricaded by unions on Monday and Tuesday to protest the delay in the implementation of the new minimum wage to all tertiary institutions in the state of Lakes.
The doors were later opened after the unions’ meeting with the Head of the State Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
The unions include the University Academic Personnel Union (ASUU), the Non-Academic Personnel of Educational Institutions and Associates (NASU), and the Nigerian Association of Senior Personnel of Universities (SSANU).
Mr. Saheed Oseni, President, SSANU, LASU Chapter, said that the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, assured the unions that the government would start paying the minimum wage in October.
“Yesterday we had a meeting with Mr. Muri-Okunola about the implementation of the minimum wage in all tertiary institutions in the state.
“The Head of Service during the meeting said that the government promised to start the implementation of the minimum wage in all tertiary institutions in the state.
“We are also having another meeting with the Lagos State Assembly this morning to consolidate the meeting we had with the Head of Service.
“Since the door was opened, the academic activities will definitely begin,” Oseni said.
Additionally, Mr. Moruf Sanni, president of NASU, LASU chapter, said that the protest was canceled because the state government had promised to implement the new minimum wage.
According to Sanni, members will want to receive their minimum wage first, before talking about arrears.
“LASU management will determine the start of academic activities for students,” he said.
Ademola Adekoya, Head of the Center for Information, Press and Public Relations, LASU, said that normal activities at the institution resumed.
Adekoya said the conferences would begin on September 21 for seniors at the undergraduate level.
NAN reports that both the institution’s administration, staff and students as well as visitors with verified ID cards now have access to the institution.