Moving around the University of Lagos was like passing through a ghost city as social and academic activities were at it’s lowest ebb. Some of the few students seen around where either more comfortable staying back in the campus or are not too enthusiastic in going home where they feel that life is drab and soulless .
A retinue of lecturers and administrative staff can be found moving around the offices and the University community in a rather leisurely manner.
Perhaps the hardest hit in this scenario are the small scale traders and artisans within the campus. These include departmental store owners, business centers , barber’s shop, barbecue, vulcanizers, cab and bus drivers etc.
According to Eunice, a shop owner just adjacent the Student Affairs office, ” Business is not moving like before when students were fully in school. Now I come to the shop late in the morning and close early. Unlike before when I stay till night”.
Students are not left out in this impasse. According to Yetunde,( who didn’t want her surname in print), “I am seriously affected by the strike. I can not do the NYSC because ASUU strike has made me fall out of the age requirement for the scheme”.
Even the ever busy lagoon front at the eastern fringes of the University borders with the Atlantic ocean was not left out of this lull. Although, there are a few young men and women in isolated parts of the lagoon front, but this is a far cry from what it used to be.