Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a reduction in the tuition fee for students of Lagos State University, (LASU), Ojo.
Tokunbo Wahab, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, , said this on Friday via his official Twitter handle.
“Flash: Lagos State government reduces tuition fee for students of Lagos”, the tweet reads.
Wahab said the approval was in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s commitment in providing qualitative education at an affordable cost to all and sundry, irrespective of class, gender, ethnicity, race, among others.
He further confirm the content of the tweet.
“Yes, the Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has graciously approved a reduction in LASU tuition fees. An official statement will be issued in due course,” he said. Also read: Sanwo-Olu inspects work on Third Mainland Bridge, urges motorists on patience Wahab, however, explained that the move is in pursuance and fulfillment of the Education agenda of the present administration as one of the pillars in the THEMES agenda”.
Earlier in the month, LASU students protested the hike in tuition fees by the management of the institution. During the protest, the students demanded the reversal of the decision within two weeks.
LASU had in December 2020 increased the tuition fees for fresh students from N25,000 to N67,048.50 which is 168 percent increase. At the rally held at the university’s campus, the students expressed their concerns, noting that they tried to reach out to all relevant authorities at the institution in a bid to ensure the reversal of the fees.
The Students’ Union Government (SUG) in LASU also expressed disappointment at the hike in the tuition fees. In a statement signed by its President AbdulBasit Ashade and Public Relations Officer, Zeenab Adams, the union promised to continue protecting the students’ interest.
The statement earlier issued by the Students’ Union Government:
“The union is primarily concerned about the welfare of members and would continue to project the same in a peaceful manner. We must be sensitive not to compound this burden on indigenes and residents of Lagos State.
“The primary purpose of establishing LASU is to impact and impart value to indigenes and residents of the state for a better Lagos and therefore the authorities should reverse the fees within 14 days from today, January 8, 2020, to an old fee.
With the pending expiration of 14 days, it is expected that the management team, members of the governing council, state government officials, and other relevant stakeholders would have met to proffer a solution to the increment.
“Payment of school fees by newly admitted students should be suspended and the portal for payment closed until a resolution is jointly reached by all parties and also a directive is given by the students’ union body to continue the payment of their school fees.
In it’s response to the statement, the management of LASU said the university has no option than to increase the fees because of the increasing enormous financial responsibilities in the institution.