The Lagos State government has announced a reduction in Lagos State University, LASU tuition fee.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education Mr. Tokunbo Wahab on Friday via Twitter. The tweet read “Flash: Lagos State government reduces tuition fee for students of Lagos”
Flash: Lagos State government reduces tuition fee for students of Lagos State University @LASUOfficial. @jidesanwoolu@TokunboWahab@gboyegaakosile@Mr_JAGs#Education #ForAGreaterLagos pic.twitter.com/RF5sxJrvmw
— SA Education (@osaelagos) January 29, 2021
“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,” Wahab told Vanguard.
Recall that LASU had in December 2020 increased the tuition fee for fresh students by 168.2% from N25,000 to N67,048.50.
LASU management had said the university raised its fees due to the increasing financial responsibilities in the institution.
The Students’ Union Government (SUG) in LASU expressed sadness over the hike.
A statement signed by its president AbdulBasit Ashade and Public Relations Officer, Zeenab Adams had given the school authorities 14 days ultimatum from 8 January to reverse the hike as the union promised to continue protecting the students’ interest.
The statement read in part: “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, 2021, to an old fee. 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.
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