UPDATE: Students, lecturers rejoice as Fashola slashes LASU fees to N25,000

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The fees were increased from N25,000 to N197,000 for Arts and Humanities students, and N350,000 for medical students.

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday announced the reversal of the Lagos State University, LASU, fee to the old rate of N25,000 across board.

Mr. Fashola made the pronouncement at the 19th convocation ceremony of the higher degree award in Lagos.

The governor said he had met the State Executive Council on the issue and an approval to that effect had been made.

He said with the reduction, the university would run an uninterrupted academic calendar as the era of students spending extra days from their expected four years was over in the institution.

“With the increment in 2011, some busy bodies tried to use the opportunity to seek an undue attention and instigate unions and students against the management and the government,” he said.

Mr. Fashola also assured members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, LASU chapter, that their issues would be addressed.

The union met the governor, chanting solidarity songs, to demand for the payment of their June and July salary, which was withheld by the government.

“Calm down, after the event, we would be meeting to resolve your demands,” he said.

Meanwhile, some LASU students who were protesting for further reduction on their fees went into jubilation after the reversal was announced.

The Student Union President, Nurudeen Yusuf, in an interview commended Mr. Fashola for his kind gesture.

“Today marks a significant day in the history of Lagos, with this development, we are optimistic that the future of Lagos is great,” he said.

Mr. Yusuf said that Mr. Fashola had proven that he was a listening leader by wiping the tears of the LASU students with the total reversal.

“It was unexpected because we proposed N46,000 but the governor surprised us by reversing the fee back to N25,000. It implies that no pain, no gain. We have suffered, now we will enjoy,” he said.

In the same vein, Chairman of the LASU branch of the Academic Union of Nigerian University, ASUU, Idris Adekunle, described the reversal of the fee as a “welcome development” adding that he is gladdened by it.

Mr Adekunle said though the havoc caused by the increase in school fee would linger for a while, its reversal is a victory for the downtrodden in Lagos who would now be able to afford tertiary education for their children.

“Many of the students who would have taken LASU have taken other universities. Many who were inside had gone to take another JAMB form and move to other universities. There is no doubt about that.

“However we believe even if we don’t get the benefit right now the next few years we would begin to see the benefit. The citizen of Lagos state would be able to afford tertiary education. That is the most important thing,” he said.

Mr Adekunle also thanked the student union for joining the struggle initiated by academic staff and for remaining resolute to the struggle despite attempts by the school authorities to break their ranks.

“ASUU-LASU started the struggle for the reduction of school fees but the great Lasuites came on stream with the struggle and they added a quality novel dimension to students’ struggle by the way they have prosecuted this struggle. The university administration used several means to break the student struggle including the manipulation of the student representative council to impeach the leadership of the present union. The lesson is that everyone must now see that nothing good comes easy. You have to struggle for the interest of the people that are coming behind.”

Mr. Fashola increased LASU fee from N25,000 to N197,000 for Arts and Humanities students, and N350,000 for medical students in 2011.

Following several protest from students and civil society groups, Mr. Fashola on June 11, announced a 34 per cent to 60 per cent reduction on the fee, respectively.

The university on June 19, announced the fees to be N76,750 for Arts and N158,250 for Engineering and College of Medicine students.

The Student Union Government, however, demanded for further reduction, claiming that the fee was still high and demanded N46,500 for returning students and N56,500 for new students across board.

LASU tuition fee was increased in 2005 from N250 to N25,000 under former governor, Bola Tinubu’s regime.


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  • solomon

    Shameless uglier governor

    • Bisi Adaramaja

      AH, AH, WHERE IS SENATOR REMI TUNUBU HIDING NOW?

      Where is Remi Tunubu now? She was the one boasting two months ago in
      the public domain that Raji Fashola will never ever go back on the LASU
      tuition fee increment? Has Raji Fashola not run under pressure now? Has
      he not fled people’s revolt with his tail between his legs?

      According to the Punch newspaper of June 9th, this year:-

      “On the ongoing crisis between the Lagos State
      government and the students of the Lagos State University over hike in school
      fees, Senator Remi Tinubu said the students should pay the new school fees to enable the
      government improve infrastructure and quality of education in the school. She
      added that the Lagos State government would not back down despite the protests”.

      “She said, “As a teacher and an educationist, I believe that fees should be
      paid. When you send you children abroad, school fees are high. Schools are
      never for free. That is why there is student loan. We are getting there. The
      government of Lagos State is not heartless. The state government wants LASU to
      compete globally. “The students need to pay that amount. Government is not
      going to go back. It’s not like University of Lagos, that they quickly
      reverted. You can see that Fashola has not commented. Good education anywhere
      in the world cost money.”

      • solomon

        Remi Tinubu IS ABANDONED HOUSE MONKEY WIFE.

        Tinubu has join under age fucker emir in their race

    • Seye Ogunsakin

      Does it mean they actually wanted to divert or steal money that should have been used to finance LASU by announcing a crazy increase of tuition by 800% , far beyond the pay range of 9 out of 10 Lagos state civil servants, and passing all LASU financing costs to parents alone?

      • No Comment

        “The only way to stop us from stealing is to stone us.

        Nigerians appear not to be against stealing and corruption but
        only against how long you stay stealing and being corrupt. Don’t ever expect
        those in public office to fight corruption on these facts.”

        …………APC Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state
        (June 30th, 2014)

  • Great Lasuite

    RAJI FASHOLA IS IMPULSIVE AND THOUGHTLESS

    All that this shows is that Raji Fashola is an impulsive and thoughtless person who leaps before he thinks. If the LASU fee hike is now proved un-necessary, thus dis-proving all the arguments he’d raised for several months to justify it, why did he decree it in the first place to disrupt academic session, cause mayhem on campus and on the streets – which led to the students getting shot and hospitalized? How does Raji Fashola now expect to restore the academic term(s) lost by these innocent LASU students? This is irreparable damage by itself. No governor in Lagos state should ever again follow this un-thinking path of Raji Fashola.

    • Wale

      Oh no, you got it all wrong;
      He still believes in his argument for the spike in school fees, and friend, its gonna happen after the election. This is just the oldest trick in the book, he’s on his way out, himself, and APC wants their new guy in.
      To show this folks, if APC should win in Lagos I hope its by a very narrow margin and people should continue to seek their rights and forget about sentiments.
      How many people will vote APC if their school age children are roaming the streets because of high and unbearable fees.
      Trust me on this dude, the next guy is gonna raised it as soon as he take the oath of office as the new governor.
      But……… “People can change the people in government”.

      • Rogbodiyan

        @ Wale:

        You get it. The APC people are now desperate. They face defeat. They need votes.

        They have hurt and insulted too many people. They are throwing bribes around

        to reduce public dis-appointment with their irresponsible abuse of office. The APC

        just wants to deceive and lull LASU students to sleep. If the students make the mistake of
        falling for the trick, and APC is re-elected by default, then the LASU fees will
        be doubled from the 800% hike that has merely been suspended to bribe and buy votes.

        This is what the Founder of O’oodua Peoples Congress said last
        month about the natural deceit and duplicity of APC politicians in Lagos state:-

        “The APC recently paid the price of impunity in Ekiti. And come 2015, Lagosians must ensure

        that they vote out this anti-people party called APC. Lagos citizens must remember that this
        party, APC, used and dumped commercial motorcycle operators popularly known as
        okada rider after harnessing their support and services in the elections of 1999,
        2003, 2007 and 2011. During campaigns for those polls, APC politicians even
        donated to okada riders branded helmets, motorcycles and reflective jackets.
        But no sooner did the Action Congress of Nigeria (now a part of the APC) come
        into power than they turned around to bite the finger that fed them, by banning
        okada all over Lagos State.”

      • Rogbodiyan

        “The APC recently paid the price of impunity in Ekiti. And come 2015, Lagosians must

        ensure that they vote out this anti-people party called APC. Lagos citizens must remember

        that this party, APC, used and dumped commercial motorcycle operators popularly known as
        okada rider after harnessing their support and services in the elections of 1999,
        2003, 2007 and 2011. During campaigns for those polls, APC politicians even
        donated to okada riders branded helmets, motorcycles and reflective jackets.
        But no sooner did the Action Congress of Nigeria (now a part of the APC) come
        into power than they turned around to bite the finger that fed them, by banning
        okada all over Lagos State.”

        ………………Dr. Frederick Fasheun
        (Founder, O’odua Peoples Congress, OPC)
        (July, 2014)

        • Joseph E. Anjorin [Ikeja]

          Our friend above, Great Lasuite, is probably naive. He assumes that Raji Fashola and the rest of the APC gang have honour, like the politicians overseas who would rather resign than be seen as lying, stealing or deceiving the public. This APC ragtag of emergency politicians have no self-respect, to talk more of honour.

          • No Comment

            ‘ALL SAID AND DONE’ – AFENIFERE

            “Everybody in Yoruba land is looking for a way to liberate themselves from these (APC) pretenders who claim to be progressives but are the opposite of anything progressive. They say they are
            ‘progressives’ – but they admit all the corrupt people from the PDP and bring them together to form the All Progressives Congress [APC]. What is progressive about ex-Governor Murtala Nyako, for example? Now that the Yoruba people have known that the APC is worse than PDP – in corruption, impunity, and, lack of internal democracy – we have to vote against APC”.

            …………………Senator Femi Okurounmu
            (Yoruba Afenifere Leader and Coorodinator
            of on-going National Conference)
            [July 26th, 2014]

      • Lekan Adesuyi

        HOW CAN APC EVER WIN LAGOS STATE IN THE 2015 ELECTION?

        How will APC win Lagos state in 2015 election? Please tell us the factual basis? APC has alienated all critical groups – including Christians who make up a good half of Lagos voters. The APC is looking more like taboo to decent people who demand financial accountability. The APC scares secularists who do not want an Islamic state in Lagos that the APC promotes with its party policy of compulsory Hijab in all public schools, whether owned by Christian Missionaries or not.

        A bill for the universal Hijab in Lagos is now pending at the Lagos State of House Assembly. Then, APC alienates hundreds of thousands of angry Lagosians who feel robbed by Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola. Lagosians are in shock that Lagos state earned $40billion between 1999 and now without a tenth of that money to show for it. So, who and who will feel pleased with this APC betrayal of trust, incompetence and thefts – all rolled into one – to again vote for APC in 2015, out of the 50% voters remaining after the Lagos Christians met at plenary and announced they will not vote for a Muslim candidate in 2015?

  • Mosun

    Dear Editor:

    How can Alhaji Babatunde Raji Fashola say his administration can’t fund the Lagos state
    university but can fully fund cable cars and drawbridge in
    Lagos? Does this priority muddle show Raji Fashola up as having a
    healthy mind in a healthy body?

    I don’t think so.

    • Sesan

      Raji Fashola is being taught to eat humble pie greedily. He all
      along saw Lagosians as his ATM machine to withdraw money from at will. The
      people now say no, and the LASU students said no with admirable fervour.