- LASU has postponed its 24th convocation ceremony indefinitely over coronavirus scare
- The university said the decision is expedient to avert more risk of Covid-19 spread
- Meanwhile, another four fresh cases of coronavirus have been reported as its spread takes a grave dimension
The 24th convocation ceremony of the Lagos State University (LASU) has been cancelled and indefinitely postponed over the growing tension of coronavirus.
Premium Times reports that the decision was taken during an emergency management meeting on Thursday, March 19, following an earlier decision by University of Lagos (UNILAG) to cancel its own event.
Prior to the decision, the management of the university had announced rosters of activities to mark the 24th convocation ceremony where 8,959 graduands will be conferred with honours in diplomas and various degrees programmes.
LASU similarly announced that prominent Nigerians including Ọba Otudeko, Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Segun Agbaje will be honoured with honorary degrees at the event scheduled to hold between 20 and 27th of March.
But following the declaration of Lagos state government suspending all gathering, schools and religious activities, LASU retraced its decision and suspended the convocation indefinitely.
“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,” one of the top members of the university management said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, some private schools in Lagos have announced their closure, even without the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education.
The schools that have taken this action include Greensprings School and Lagos Preparatory and Secondary School, Ikoyi, The Nation reports.
The head of admissions in Greensprings School, Oluranti Bankole, said that the institution does not know how the events related to the spread of the virus will affect the third term and as such, "primary and secondary students will come home today with their notebooks."
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