There was a mild drama at the Dalewares Institute of Technology, Palm Groove, Lagos State, on Monday, when students of the school shut its main gate.
The students, who denied staff members, including the rector, entrance to the premises, accused the school management of neglecting their welfare and academic needs.
Our correspondent, who visited the school, observed as some of the students sat at the main entrance and carried placards with various inscriptions depicting their grievances.
Some of the placards read, ‘We need lectures’, ‘We need effective lecturers’, ‘We are tired’, ‘Not just words, we need action’, ‘Are JAMBites more important?’ among others.
PUNCH Metro learnt that students in the Department of Computer Software Engineering, who resumed about a month ago, had yet to receive any lecture.
According to the students, despite paying their fees, the school refused to employ lecturers.
A student in the department, Frederick Charles, said, “We got tired of how the management was treating us because for a month since we resumed, we have not had lectures for a single day.”
The students gave the school one week to meet their demands for lecturers, hostel fumigation and improved welfare.
The institute’s Bursar, Temienor Joseph, said the school was recruiting lecturers.
The Rector, Mr Babalola David, said, “You heard them; it’s about lectures. I was there to address them, but they didn’t allow me to enter. I waited for some hours, but they kept the gate locked. The management is on top of the issues and will address their concerns.”
According to him, efforts to enter the institution were aborted by the students, who demanded he address them from outside.