BREAKING: Fashola orders reversal of LASU fees to old charges

Babatunde Raji Fashola, Governor of Lagos State

Mr. Fashola stated this on Thursday at the convocation programme of the university.

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has directed that the controversial fee hike at the Lagos State University, LASU, be reversed.

Mr. Fashola stated this on Thursday at the convocation programme of the university.

He said the fees would now be returned to the old charges.

The reversal comes after months of protests by students and lecturers of the university.

The Lagos State Government had, earlier in 2011, increased the fees from N25, 000 to N198, 000 for humanities and education, while medical students were to pay N350, 000.

After the protests, the state government approved a reduction by 34 to 60 per cent. That reduction would have seen students pay between N76, 750 and N158, 250 depending on the faculty and year of study.

That reduction was still opposed by the students and the lecturers.

Thursday’s announcement by the governor could, however, lead to a reversal to the 2011 charges.
Details later…


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  • Truthnodeydie

    What took him so long? Hmm, fear of 2015.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Better late than never.

      Ask about the subsidy removal protests and how Jonathan rolled out the tanks to subdue them!

      No point in comparing Apples and Oranges.

      I have always said the moral persuasion in APC is higher than that of PDP; which ultimately relies on bribery and brute force to have its way.

      • John

        God Bless U!!!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          And you too, John.

          Many thanks.

          K

      • Es3

        I think I still recall that LASU students were equally rolled over with police 4×4 and armoured personeel carriers (APCs) vehicles, tear-gassed, beaten up and arrested during their protests at Ojo, to Fashola’s office before they ended up at the Lagos State House of Assembly???!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Es3, how many were killed and what were the ultimate outcomes of both protests?

          • Es3

            Kay,

            First, you (at least) admitted here that Fashola equally rolled out men and machines to subdue the students, a fact and reality that your earlier post “mistakenly”? left out!!!

            Going by the level of brutalization those LASU students received in the hands of those men and machines that Fashola ordered against them, only God knows what the casualty figures would have been???! To stay alive, the students dispersed and ran away, unlike the subsidy protest case where deaths arose from mostly over-zealousness of individual protesters on the urging of ACN/CPC to kill themselves if they are killed – with only exception being the case involving that DPO at the Ikeja axis of Lagos?!

            The ultimate outcome of the fuel subsidy protest was that in just two weeks a partial reversal was achieved from a listening President but in the case of LASU fees hike it took Fashola about three months to make partial reversal and forever to reverse the balance of the hike?!!!

            Lastly, but worthy of note is the truth that the balance of the hike reversal that had taken forever to do, was on the instance of Ekiti State elections lessons for 2015 and not on the students empathy platform as some of you would want Nigerians to believe!!!!!!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Es3,

            Now I understand why Lucifer is referred to as a very clever and intelligent, fallen angel!

            With due apologies, you have turned logic on its head with your above submission.

            You talked about an unprecedented level of brutality – with no lives lost by any student – and glibly compared it to the compassionate brutality of the GEJ regime during the subsidy protest that took “only one life” from an over zealous DPO!

            Amazingly, you also inferred that GEJ reversed his decision because he is a listening President and not because he feared anarchy that would have arisen from the nationwide protests!

            Es3, I bow for your logic o. Nice try.

            And, oh by the way, I never thought Fash reversed his decision on the LASU fee for altruistic reasons, but for lessons learnt from the Ekiti elections. That is the essence of men, and women, who learn from events around them.

            Can we say the same about a federal might that tried the same trick in Osun because it worked in Ekiti?

          • Es3

            Kay,

            Please read my post again and try to understand why Lucifer is also referred to being a specialist in selective justification!

            If you do, firstly you will be able to establish where I referred to ‘”deaths” (not “one dead”) as arising from over-zealousness’?! Also, you would observe that the case of the Lagos DPO was a clear case of an unprovoked attack, of which I made an exception as fully qualifying for your choice of words?!

            Additionally, brutalization is quite distinguishable from fatalities!!! The fact that no LASU student lost his/her life does not mean that they were not brutalized by the men and machines that Fashola unleashed on them???! Hospital records and paid bills by parents and other concerned groups or individual Nigerians are there to show on the varying degrees of injuries inflicted on those young men and women at Lagos State government-owned university!

            Finally, even if Jonathan reversed the subsidy removal partially for fear of anarchy and not from listening to the people’s complain and rejection of full removal, doing that on a decision he took after Fashola and his other governor colleagues had sat, decided and met Jonathan and got his buy in, is a big plus for Jonathan!!!

            Yes, a big plus for Jonathan as Fashola and his colleagues that conceived it, not only betrayed him by abandoning him to face angry Nigerians alone (though with exception of Oshiomole and the Benue Governor), many of them (including Fashola) rather mobilized Nigerians against Jonathan?!!! Now, they are back through through their Commissioners of Finance???

            In this case, Fashola had a case ahead of him to learn from, but it took
            him (and his APC) donkey years to attempt to learn??? No, not until
            reality forced the bitter pill down their throats!!!!!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Es3,

            Just so that we are clear on this.

            I never supported the move by Fash on the LASU debacle for a moment. A trawl through any of my postings on the same subject would confirm that stance.

            Even at the point when he made the initial concession and when he did the full scale u-turn, my position did not change on this.

            I understand the point you are making, but I do not want to end up defending a position (Fash’s) I was always averse to.

            However, the point of difference between us at this moment is your attempt to portray GEJ as a Saint on a similar matter and Fash as the devil when all indices are there to show that Fash swallowed humble pie and GEJ did not.

            It is insufficient to claim that GEJ had the backing of the governors to make the decision he made on the Subsidy matter. It is akin to accepting that the leader abdicated his authority willingly but refuse to accept his responsibility for such.

          • Es3

            Kay,

            On subsidy removal issue, there was no case of abdication of authority or responsibility by Jonathan there as (then and up till now) he accepts full responsibility of that decision as his and his only, bearing all the brunt of it without calling names?! The role of the governors is on reference here because some of us knew when they were having their forum meeting upon meetings and kept going back to Jonathan to lobby for subsidy removal then!

            Irrespective of that, dignity and simple integrity demands that if I prod another in to seeing with me why a decision should be taken and proceeding to take it, that I should stand with that person I had earlier prodded to take the decision through the thick and thin of it?! Except, if I was out to set a trap for him to “die alone”?!!!

            How well did Fashola (and most of his colleague governors) rate on this scale on the issue of fuel subsidy removal in January 2012???

    • Es3

      You got it spot on!!!

      The people sensitive and caring APC government of Lagos excluded children of the less privileged from university education and insisted on such criminal exclusion until the fear of 2015 (not peoples’ consideration) jolted their brains back to life?!!!

  • stephen

    election strategy for APC.now people should see what progressive means in Nigeria.This is APC version of progressive. That means the policy was not thoroughly thought out.this is just panic reaction for election and campaign fever.he understood opposition will use many things against them and so reversal might stave off people’s anger during election. I pity people who will not see decay in APC and PDP likewise. Power to the politicians.

  • D.A

    Strange story. On the face of it, it seems like the writer has a point. But does he?? There are two issues that are raised here. The issue of race and the issue of age. Nigeria is a society that places some premium on age and respect for our elders is a universal culture in Nigeria across all tribes.

    The issue then is….did age or race play the decisive part in the decision to waive a rule for the white family and against the black family.

    The writer conceded the fact that both white and black families were initially prevented from proceeding to the area meant for travelers only. At this point, the immigration officer treated the black and white families alike. Once stopped, the immigration officer notified the relatively young writer (not the writers elderly mother) that only passengers can proceed further. The writer’s elderly mother did not try to influence the decision of the immigration official and the immigration officer did not have to face an obvious cultural conflict between doing his job and showing deference for one’s elders. If she had and if she was respectful whilst doing so and had she been declined then the issue raised by the writer may well be true. But she did not. We are therefore unable to tell what the reaction of the official would have been to the entreaties of an elderly black lady. In the case of the white family, it was the elderly white man that pushed the issue and engaged the immigration official. The official later back down and warned the white family “please not try it next time o”.

    It seems to me that the deciding factor was the elderly age of the white family and not the racial configuration of either family. I say this because both families were initially stopped at the same point. The deciding factor in respect of who proceeded across that point was determined by the different reactions both families took to the restriction and the age of the party pushing the issue!

    In many respects, the writer may well have been a touch over sensitive. I myself cannot rule out some degree on innate inferiority in the presumptuous reaction of the writer and not official (especially because the differing treatment was more a factor of the different reactions that both families took to the same situation).

    • SO

      I dare to disagree with you, D. A. Even if the old mother of the writer had asked for the same treatment, the Immigration Officer would have refused. This is not a presumption. The narrative of the writer was a product of accumulated experiences of many people. This inferiority complex is not even limited to Nigeria. It is across the black world. Are we really black in the real sense of the word? I was going to Canada about three weeks from South Africa. The black folks at the boarding gate were asking me some funny questions on what I was going to do in Canada. It was only when they saw from passport that I have been to the US several times that they quipped to themselves that ah, he has even been to the US and handed my passport to me. The white travelers travelling with me received smiles as they got their passports checked and got them returned to them. The writer hit the nails on the head-this inferiority complex is a product of the psychological bastardization of colonialism. The black race needs a renaissance that through thought liberation.

  • mypenmypaper

    there is a point where hospitality reduces to inferiority complex. The airport is one thing, and yes, Ive made observations similar to what the author expressed in the above article. Sometimes, I think it is pure ignorance; at other times, I think its stupidity / ill motive(expecting favors in return), and at other times, I’m just tired. The truth is “we treat them better than they treat us”. We treat foreigners in Nigeria better than they treat us back in their home countries.

    Let me add: I am a Lagos resident, and I applied to renew my drivers license over a year ago. When the first temporary issued license expired, I was told to do a photocopy, which was stamped at the PWD licensing office and for which I laminated and used. It was extended for 3-months. I have re-extended this temporary drivers license over 6-times now, and everytime the licensing office will say ‘they havent printed it, they havent printed it’. A new expiry date would be stamped at the back of the temporary photocopy.

    My foreign colleague at work: some months after getting my first temporary license, he wanted to get one. He just arrived in Nigeria, spent almost a year. I explained the procedure to him and he went to the same PWD licensing office. Long story cut short, he said he was introduced to some ‘officers’, he paid NGN40,000.00(fourty thousand naira) and was issued a permanent drivers license valid for 5-years.

    So now, the question is, what process, principle / procedure in the licensing office prevents me as a bonafide Nigerian from being issued a permanent drivers license after almost 2years of re-renewals of a temporary card. My colleague has a 3-year resident permit, yet he was issued a 5-year permanent drivers license. Isnt that odd?

    A lot of things are messed up in the country, but if we turn the tables around, would a Nigerian with a 3year resident permit in a country in Europe/America be issued a 5-year drivers license? would he receive any kind of treatment way way better treatment anywhere than a bonafide European/American?