For several hours on Monday, academic and administrative activities in the Lagos State University (LASU) were paralysed as staffers celebrated the exit of the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Obafunwa.
The staff and their leaders, who wore Ankara as uniform, defied the heavy downpour to celebrate the exit of the unpopular Vice Chancellor. They sang and danced round the campus for hours.
The tenure of Professor Obafunwa, the 7th VC of the 32-year-old LASU, expired on Saturday, October 31 and the Professor Adebayo Ninalowo-led Governing Council is expected to meet this Thursday to appoint an acting Vice Chancellor to run the affairs of the institution.
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) started the celebration from the Freedom Square to the main gate and then round the various faculties.
Music was provided by live bands and disc jokeys, while the workers danced, shared drinks and took pictures of the celebration.
SSANU-LASU chairman, Mr. Saheed Oseni said “you can see for yourself that the foot print of the VC has left LASU. It will serve as a lesson for the incoming VC to thread softly. He or she must know it is teamwork for him or her to succeed.