Lectures resume at UNILAG after 3-day mourning for VC

Academic activities resumed on Thursday at the University of Lagos after three days of mourning for the late Vice Chancellor, Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, who died on Saturday at 62 after suffering a heart attack.

THE FACULTIES, DEPARTMENTS, BANKS, SHOPPING MALLS, KIOSKS ARE BACK IN BUSINESS FOLLOWING THE THREE-DAY LOCK DOWN IMPOSED IN HONOUR OF THE LATE SCHOOL HEAD.

Premium Times gathered that shops quickly ran out of supply as a result of the immediate demand on Thursday. The usually highly demanded “pure water” was virtually out of supply despite increasing demand.

Events which have took place prior to Thursday’s re-opening include a procession held on Tuesday night, in honour of the late VC where tears flowed freely.

The event was, however, marred when a section of the “mourners” clad in black started protesting the scrapping of Student Union Government (SUG) at the ground floor of the Senate House, the take-off point of the solemn march.

The action did not go without criticisms from their colleagues who said the protest was in bad taste.

Okolie Samuel, a 300 Level students of Mass Communication, told Premium Times that “the only thing worse than the death of our VC is raising the issue of SUG at this time”.

On Wednesday, the management of the university announced that Mr. Sofoluwe would be buried on May 31 at the Ikoyi Vault and Gardens.

“The whole university community is yet to recover from the rude shock it went into when it received the sad and sudden news of the death of its 10th vice chancellor.

“A high-powered burial committee headed by my humble self was set up by the university to draw up the programme in conjunction with the family.

“On Thursday, May 31, 2012, there will be a lying-in-state on our campus followed by the burial service at the All Saints Church, Yaba, and this would be followed with an interment at the Vaults and Garden, Ikoyi, Lagos,” Mr. Alo said.

Said that the burial programme would commence on May 25 with prayers at the mosque to be followed with a special prayer on May 27 at the university’s main chapel, Christ Our Light, and the St Thomas Moore Catholic Church on the campus.

He said that on May 29, there would be a Service of Songs at the Main Auditorium, main campus, Akoka.

“On Wednesday, May 30, there will be a lying-in-state at the Multi-Purpose Hall at 8 a.m. and at noon, there will be a special Senate session in the Senate Chamber and thereafter, it would be followed by a wake-keep at the Multi-Purpose Hall,” Mr. Alo said.

He said that plans are on to immortalise the late vice chancellor, especially after having achieved a lot in the two out of the five-year term that he spent.

“We have a practise in this university where our vice chancellors are always revered whether living or dead.

“If you look around, you will see pictures of all our past vice chancellors hanging on the wall and for this, our late vice chancellor, we will do everything possible to keep his fond memories alive,” he added.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor said that at the University of Lagos, it is unprecedented for an incumbent vice chancellor to die while on active service, adding that the late Mr. Sofoluwe is the fourth vice chancellor to die while in office in the entire university system.

Meanwhile, Sodeinde Sofoluwe, the elder brother of the late vice chancellor, who represented members of the family at the news conference, has debunked rumours making the round that the family is suspecting a foul play.

According to him, “at no time, did the Sofoluwe family, discuss with anybody or feel that our brother was poisoned or due to any foul play or external forces, as being speculated in some newspapers”

Mr. Alo said that condolence registers have since been opened at all the departments of the institution, as well as the Senate Chamber and the Vice Chancellor’s Lodge.


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