The Lagos State University » acting Dean of
Students Affairs Division, Dr Oluwafemi Obayori,
has called for the arrest of commercial buses
operating outside the campus in its colour and
Obayori said it was obvious that the buses were
hiding under the school’s image to perpetrate
illegality, such as evasion of levies and non-
renewal of vehicle licence. He also noted that
the drivers are not licensed.
While speaking to reporters yesterday, May 5,
Obayori said the LASU Students Union’s branded
buses had neither official nor unofficial
connection with the university.
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He added that the student union constitution
does not provide for the operation of commercial
buses outside the campus.
“ We are alerting the relevant authorities including
the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), Lagos State
Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) and the
Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC). Also, the
Nigeria Police should take note of the new
development, ” he said.
He added that the LASU-branded buses
recognized by the Students’ Union and the
university management were the “campus
shuttles” operating within the campus and
serving the university community.
“ The operators of such LASU Students Union buses
outside the campus are hereby disclaimed.
“They do not expressly or by way of any
implication, have anything to do with the university,
its officials or lawful students union, ” he said.
Obayori said the illegal operators contended with
legally-recognised transport unions in collecting
dues and levies.
Their activities, he said, had become sources of
rancour, snowballing, often times into fracas.
“ A case in point was the unsavoury event of
February 16 involving members of the National
Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), the
illegal operators and some LASU students, ’’ he
The acting dean said students engaged in
transport racketeering or touting would be
punished, adding that the penalty for engaging in
transport racketeering is rustication as spelt out
on page 79 of the university Code of Conduct as
contained in the Students Handbook.
Obayori said the shuttle operators in LASU were
presently paying N10,000 monthly to the students
Union but a new Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) was being processed and would soon be
The don said the MoU, under the supervision of
the university management, would require the
operators to register with the Students Union and
pay N1,000 monthly.email
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