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LASU students protest fee hike at governor's office

06 June 2014, 19:02

Lagos - Students of the Lagos State University (LASU) on Thursday staged another protest at the Government House, Ikeja, over what they called government's reluctance to reduce their hiked tuition fees.

The students, numbering about 200, stormed the governor's office in three high-capacity buses at about 4.30p.m., demanding the reduction of the fees.

They came with items like mosquito nets, cooking pots and foodstuffs, vowing not to return home until the fees were reduced.

Some of them displayed placards with inscriptions such as "Reduce LASU fees now" and "Education is our right" among others.

The heavily armed security details at the governor's office watched as the students danced to protest songs blaring from two large speakers they brought to the scene.

The situation caused a traffic snarl on the road leading directly to the governor's office as vehicles trying to access the premises could not gain entrance.

Nurudeen Yusuf, the Lagos State University Student Union President, who led the protest, said the action was in response to government's reluctance to resolve the fee issue.

Yusuf said the governor had two meetings with them and both parties had agreed on resolving the issue.

He said since they reached an agreement, the government had not done anything convincing to resolve the matter

The state government had in 2012 increased the school's tuition from N25 000 to between N195 000 to N350 000 .

Explaining the hike, the government had said it was not a unilateral decision but a recommendation by a panel set up to reposition the institution.

The students have staged series of protests at the governor’s office and on major roads against the non-reversal of the hike.

 - NAN

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