Lagos - The Lagos State University Students Union (LASUSU) has said no
student of the institution would pay the increased tuition fee levied by the
The Union President, Nurudeen Yusuf, at a press briefing at the Ojuelegba
campus, said that the decision was unanimously taken by the students of the
"The students had unanimously agreed not to pay the increased fee, as
they resume a new session, next week until a reduction is made," he said.
Yusuf said that the union had submitted a proposal for the reduction
of the fee to the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, as requested by him at a
meeting on April 3.
"The union held a meeting with the governor on April 3 and he made it
clear that total reversal of the fee is not possible.
"Fashola instructed that we should go and look at the breakdown of the
fee and come up with how much we want the government to reduce it to," he
According to Yusuf, the union, having met with the students on April 7, came
up with a proposal of N46 500 for returning students and N65 500 for freshers
as the new tuition fee.
The union leader said the proposal on the amended fee was submitted to the
governor on April 24 with a list of 86 students who dropped out of the
institution after the fee was increased.
"Unfortunately, we had not received any response from the government
since then and we had further written another letter to the governor last week
as a reminder," he said.
Yusuf said that the students would opt for drastic measure and protest that
would ground the economy of the state if their demands were not met.
He said that the fee hike was unjustifiable going by the breakdown and there
was no correlation between the fee and quality of education.
"The N350 000 charged as tuition fee for a year without feeding and
accommodation is more expensive than in some private universities which charge
N450 000 a year with feeding and accommodation," he said.
Yusuf also said that the state government must make LASU affordable to the
teeming youths in the state so that it would not be held responsible for social
security problems in the future.
"The dreams of thousands of youths out there have been shattered
by the fee hike and one day, they will come back asking for their right.
The union also charged the Federal Government to earnestly produce the
missing Chibok secondary school girls.
"We lend our voice as an injury to one is an injury to all and we
are ready to protest if these girls are not produced earnestly," he said.
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