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Unilag Bows To Pressure, Fixes Graduation  Date For Ex-Students

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Few days after a social right group, Citizens’ Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) and a Nigerian-Amer­ican good governance advocate, Mr Toyin Dawodu, raised the alarm, the Management and Council of the University of Lagos (Unilag), has fixed date for the graduation ceremony of their former students.

Recall that the Public In­terest Advocacy/Public Inter­est Litigation initiated by Mr Dawodu had demanded that Unilag, immediately issues certificates to its long-standing graduates since 2019.

The demand by these Nige­rians has, however, recorded significant success, as the Uni­versity of Lagos, on the 29th of April, 2021, announced that it will hold its 51st Convocation Ceremony, starting from June 30th to July 9th, 2021, for the graduates of 2019.

 Mr Dawodu, who is based in Riverside, California, USA, had gotten in touch with the Head of CASER, Barrister Frank Tietie, who is also the Princi­pal Associate of Forthright Chambers, Abuja, for him to intervene over the failure of the University of Lagos to conduct a convocation ceremony and is­sue certificates to its over 13,000 graduating students of 2018/2019Barrister Tietie had ex­plained that the worst affected by the failure of the institution to issue certificates to its gradu­ates are medical students, who were not allowed to go for their NYSC service as the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria denied them clearance because of the non-issuance of their certificates.

Angered by this pathetic situation, Mr Dawodu had caused his lawyers of Forth­right Chambers, Abuja to lodge a complaint with the Hon. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on the 6th of April, 2021, wherein the de­manded on behalf of the 2019 graduates of the university, especially graduates of the College of Medicine, that the institution immediately con­ducts a Convocation Ceremo­ny and/or issue certificates immediately to the said grad­uates to enable them to fully pursue their individual career development.

Mr Dawodu, not being satis­fied with the lack of response from the Federal Ministry of Education, further caused his lawyers to visit the University of Lagos on the 20th of April, 2021, where his legal represen­tative, Barr. Tietie met Oladejo Azeez, the Registrar and Secre­tary to Council of the Univer­sity of Lagos and submitted a formal complaint with an oral application, demanding for the immediate conduct of a Convo­cation Ceremony and/or issu­ance of certificates to the 2019 graduates of the university or face a public interest lawsuit within seven (7) days of service of the complaint.

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