The University of Lagos (Unilag) on Tuesday said it has postponed its convocation ceremony for the 2016/2017 academic session.

A suitable date would be agreed on and communicated to the public.

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This was disclosed by the vice chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

The university, in a statement issued earlier, had stated that a news conference to announce activities lined up for the event had been slated for Feb. 14.

“Yes, after some deliberations with management, the university has decided to postpone the convocation ceremony.

“This is as a result of the challenges posed by the ongoing strike embarked upon by members of the non –academic labour unions of universities.

“The ceremony was earlier scheduled to hold from Monday, Feb. 19 to Thursday, Feb. 22.

“The activities of these unions have the potential of snowballing and marring the carefully laid out arrangements already put in place for the ceremony,’’ he told NAN.

Ogundipe said the postponement of the ceremony is precautionary. He said though preparations have reached an advanced stage, the university would rather avoid anything that might mar the day.

“The university remains committed to providing a conducive atmosphere that would foster quality teaching and research as well as produce graduates that can compete with their counterparts globally.

“Hence, members of the community are enjoined to continue their lawful activities,’’ the vice-chancellor added.

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), the Non-academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAATS) have downed tools since Dec. 4, 2017.

The strike action is in protest of the non-implementation of the agreement they entered into with the federal government in 2009, among other issues.