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Fashola bows to pressure , reverses hike in obnoxious fees at LASU


After a protracted stand off, the  Lagos State Government bowed to pressure from the students,  and reversed the obnoxious hike in fees at the Lagos state university (LASU).

The government said it would reduce the fees by between 34 per cent and 60 per cent across the different faculties and courses.

Students of the Lagos State University had staged many protests to air their grievances against the “high school fees” and had demanded its reduction.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Chief Fatai Olukoga, on Wednesday at a briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, said after a deliberations, the government agreed to a downward review of the fees payable by students.

He said, “Government agrees that with the subsidised tuition fees and appropriate moderation of incidental fees, a reduction ranging from 34 per cent to 60 per cent is possible across the different faculties and courses.

“Government has therefore approved the reductions and, in accordance with the law setting up the university, forwarded its approval to the institution's Governing Council for implementation. The council will issue details of what is now payable by students in each department.”

Olukoga added that despite the reduction, the government would continue with its research fund, scholarship and bursary provisions and increased its spending on infrastructure and physical development of LASU.