Thursday, August 7, 2014 3:15 pm
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) Thursday ordered that students of Lagos State University, LASU, should revert to paying the old school fees, which was between N25,000 and N62,500.
Against popular wishes, government had last year increased the fees by as much as 900 per cent, in some cases.
The fee structure then asked Arts/Education students to payN193,750; Social and Management Sciences,N223,750; Law,N248,750; while those in Communication/Transport, Sciences, Engineering and College of Medicine were to pay,N238,750,N258,750,N298,750 andN348,750 respectively.
After a series of protests by the students, government reduced the fees by 40 per cent, across board. But the students insisted that government lower the fees much further.
By cancelling the increases today, Governor Fashola has brought to an end the public resentment that the increases had engendered.
The governor made the announcement that was received with jubilation by the students and their parents at the 19th Convocation and 30th anniversary of the state-owned university.
Fashola said the reversal cuts across all departments and faculties of the tertiary institution.
During Thursday’s event the governor also commissioned the university’s School of Transportation.
The astronomical increase in school fees pitched the government against the students for several months. This led to the setting up of a committee to review the fees. The committee set up by Governor Fashola was headed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa.
The students had demanded that the governor reduced the fees from N390,000 to N46,500. Today, they even got more than they bargained for.
TheNEWS learnt that government may be exploring other creative ways of funding LASU, as the fees paid only represented 10 per cent of the N10 billion LASU needs to run yearly.