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LASU Students Urge Management to Revert Fee Increment

PIC. 19. STUDENTS OF LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY, OJO, PROTESTING AGAINST CONTINUOUS CLOSURE OF THEIR SCHOOL IN LAGOS ON THURSDAY (30/4/15). 2301/30/4/15/MA/BJO/NAN

Lagos State University Students Union (LASUSU), on Tuesday, urged the institution’s authorities to revert the increment of the newly-admitted students’ acceptance fee from N20,000 to N10,000.
LASUSU President, Adeyemi Onikoro‎, told the ‎News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the reduction should be with immediate effect.

He said that such policy, if not reverted, might lead to a looming crisis from the students.

Onikoro said that the increment was another strategy by ‎the authorities to exploit the students and a technical way of increasing the school fees.

“Such a policy was initiated some time ago at the Obafemi Awolowo Universit‎y (OAU), Ile-ife, but it caused crisis which led to the closure of the university for six months.

“We do not want such to happen in LASU so that the academic calendar will not be disrupted. That is why we are calling on the new governing council and the acting vice-chancellor‎ to do the needful.

“Any attempt to sustain the increment will be vehemently opposed by the students,” he said.

According to Onikoro, the authorities needed to reverse ‎the increment so that it does not add to the existing problems already on ground between the staff unions and the management.

He noted that the acceptance fee for the new students was ‎initially N10,000 and N25,000 for tuition fee, while returning students were to pay N25,000 as tuition fee.

“This means that all the new students need to pay a total of N35,000 and nothing more,” he said.

All efforts to speak with the university’s registrar, Mr Akin Lewis and the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Kabir Akinyemi, on the issue proved abortive, as‎ calls put through to their lines were unanswered.

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