Five months after it was directed to do so, the Lagos State University, LASU, has given a reason why it has not returned excess fees paid by students.
In a bulletin, the school authority said funds were yet to be released by the state government and that the refunds would be made as soon as funds were released.
The management, however, said the process to refund the difference between its old school fees regime and the new one to students is at advance stage.
Governor Babatunde Fashola, had on August 7, reversed tuition fees in the university from N350,000 for medical students and N197,000 for arts and humanity students to the old rate of N25,000.
The state government also directed refunds to students who had paid the higher fees.
The bulletin said that following the reversal, the university management submitted a request for refund of N843 million to all the affected students. It said that the request had since been reviewed by the Lagos State Ministries of Education and Economic Planning; and Budget.
The bulletin said that the final document would be submitted to the Lagos State Executive Council for final approval.
Meanwhile, John Obafunwa, the LASU Vice-Chancellor, said some students had suggested that the money be deducted from their fees for next session.
“Since we have submitted a request for a refund to the state government and it had been approved, it is not possible again for us to deduct the difference from the next session fees,’’ he said.
Mr. Obafunwa urged parents and guardians as well the students to exercise patience as the refund would be done as soon as the money was released.