After an emergency management meeting on Thursday, the 24th convocation ceremony of the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, has been postponed indefinitely in response to the rampaging Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. READ ALSO: LASU Announces Sanusi As Chairman 24th Convocation
The management of the school had, last Friday, announced the schedule of activities to mark its convocation ceremony where a total of 8,959 graduands are expected to bag certificates in various degree programmes and diplomas.
LASU’s decision is coming in the wake of the planned shutdown of the University of Lagos by the authorities UNILAG, Akoka.
As part of its earlier announcement, the university had also stated that the ceremony, scheduled to hold between 20 and 27th of March, would feature the conferment of honorary degrees on six prominent Nigerians including Oluremi Tinubu, Ọba Otudeko, and Segun Agbaje, among others.
Following the directive by the state government that schools should shut down in the state from Monday, March 23, the university management found it vital to take what it described as a proactive decision.
A source from the top management of the school said: “Yes, that is the final decision. The management meeting is still on but a conclusion has been reached on the convocation which is indefinite postponement.
“The truth is that if we had decided to continue with our programmes, who would have loved to take the risk to attend among both the graduands and the dignitaries? Thank God we have not recorded any case with a link to the university as at now, so the best thing to avoid it is to observe all the cautionary measures.”
The source added that the university was awaiting the final approval from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu before making the official announcement.
“You know, the governor is the Visitor, it is important to take him into confidence. Remember that the decision is also in line with his administration’s order to suspend all gatherings with more than 50 people?” the source added.
Recall that the former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, was billed chair the event.