LAST Wednesday when unofficial sources reported that management of the Lagos State University is making plans to relocate students of the Adebola Adegunwa School of Communications (AASOC), Ojuelegba, to Topo in Badagry, where LASU Foundation Programme is run, the school and various social media have been awash with mixed reactions from students and staff.
According to some of the students, the move became necessary as children of the rightful owner of the Adebola Adegunwa Building, where the school is housed, have shown interest in reclaiming the property.
More so, it has also been said that the move to Topo coincided with the fact that the LASU Foundation Programme being run in the building, will be rounding off by October.
As a result of this, anxiety has gripped the students, especially those in 200 and 300 level. For the 300 level students, moving them to Topo is an inhuman treatment and high level of insensitivity on the part of the university management.
According to them, this is the third time in two years that management will be relocating them to various campuses all in the pursuit of a four-year Bsc. programme.
Genesis of relocation exercise: It will be recalled that at the end of the 2009/2010 academic session which ended in February 2011, the 300 level students, then in 100 level, were informed of a relocation for an academic session from the Ojuelegba campus to the main campus at Ojo.
The students eventually resumed at the Ojo main campus, amidst mixed feelings. Joining them to resume at the main campus were the fresh students, now in 200 level.
Commenting on the move then, the management of AASOC explained that the move was due to management’s decision to enable the students get a feel of what real academic life entailed.
“Moving to Ojo will make you mix and interact with students from other disciplines. In fact, by the time you are back, your life will never remain the same, in terms of the scope of knowledge you must have acquired,” said Prof. A. I. Lawal, immediate-past dean of AASOC in the wake of the move.
However, despite the reasons given, reports from some quarters then, held that the move was necessitated by an upcoming accreditation exercise by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC).
The reports said NUC had earlier threatened to strip the school of its accreditation if it still houses four levels in the three-storey Adebola Adegunwa House, comprising about five lecture theatres each with the capacity to seat 70 people.
Further, the sources said the threat by NUC became necessary as the four levels housed by the school had over 500 students, as against NUC’s expectation. The move was successfully made in the 2010/2011 academic session; March 2011 to be precise.
After the end of the 2010/2011 academic session in November 2011, the students, having completed their second year, were mandated to move back to the Ojuelegba campus, leaving behind the fresh students.
This announcement by management was never without the usual mixed feelings. While some of the students lauded the move, others criticized it heavily, saying it’s waste of money, time and energy.
According to them, “while in 100 level, we spent money looking for apartment around Ojuelegba and its suburb. Moving to Ojo, we spent heavily again looking for hostel accommodation. This is the third time we will be spending,” they lamented.
Third and latest purported relocation: In the wake of last Wednesday’s International Communication exams, news of the third relocation to far-away Topo broke, leaving the 300 level students in a dilemma.
“I have already rented an apartment and paid for two years, which cost my parents about N300,000. Getting an accommodation here in Surulere is very expensive. Having spent this much securing an apartment, not considering the stress, why this new relocation?” asked one of the students who pleaded anonymity.
For some 200 level students, the move to Topo-Badagry is not worth it as some of them have already made arrangements for hostel accommodation within Ojuelegba.