LASU students protest over fee hike

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LAGOS – of the Lagos State University Ojo on Tuesday took the streets protest the fee hike in the institution and the state government’s failure heed calls for a reduction.
The placard-carrying staged a protest from the university’s main campus in Ojo and marched through the Badagry Expressway Oshodi and Ikeja.
Some of the inscriptions on their placards read, “ is not a private University’’, “Fashola save future’’,“ We demand immediate reduction of fees’’ and “ going back on reduction of fees’’.
The ’ protest resulted in gridlock in the areas as they marched through.
Mr Nurudeen Yusuf, the President, Lagos State University Students Union (LASUSU), said the protest would continue till June 7 within Lagos.
He said that they would not back down until the government acceded their demands.
“We are protesting because the state government has refused to reduce the fees in ,’’ he said.
Gov. Babatunde Fashola had, in a meeting LASUSU on March 31, directed the students to come up a proposal of how much they could afford.
The students union leadership met the students in April, where they agreed that the fees be reduced to N46, 500 for returning students and N65, 500 for fresh students.
Yusuf said that the leadership of the union was invited by the State Executive Council Ad hoc Committee on Review of tuition for a meeting on 27.
He said the committee chaired by Mr Kayode Opeifa, the Commissioner for Transportation, said that quality education could not be achieved the proposal of the students.
“LASUSU maintains that there is going back on the proposal sent to the government,’’ the student union leader said.
He said that the students would take more drastic action if the state government failed to respond positively in the next one week. (NAN)