LAGOS – Authorities of the Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo, on Monday said that over 900 students had complied with the payment of the new tuition fee as directed by the management.
The Lagos State Government had on June 11 approved between 34 per cent and 60 per cent reduction in the LASU tuition fee following protests from students and civil society group.
The University Governing Council on June 20 released a new tuition fees to be paid by students, which ranges from N76, 750 to N158, 250.
The tuition fee was increased in 2011 from N25, 000 to N198, 000 for humanities and education, while medical students were made to pay N350, 000.
Following the new development, the management of the institution recalled the students from recess, and directed them to start paying the reduced tuition fee for the 2013/2014 academic session.
Mr Kayode Sutton, the institution’s Public Relations Officer told NAN in Lagos that students had started complying with the payment and registration process as directed.
“As at today, over 900 students have paid the new fees as directed by the management,” he said.
Commenting on the low turnout of students in the campus, Sutton said the population of the students on campus should not be used to determine the number of students who had paid because the payment and registration process were done online.
“You do not need to see the presence of students on campus before one can ascertain that they have complied,” he said.
The spokesman said the management would refund the balance of those students who had paid the old rate if they showed a receipt of payment for confirmation.
Meanwhile, the Students Union President, Mr Nurudeen Yusuf, told NAN that the union was still not satisfied with the new tuition fee.
Yusuf said the union was still pressing for the proposed N46, 500 for the returning students and N65, 500 for the fresh students by the union.
He said that the union would hold a congress on June 24 to determine its next line of action on the fees.
Sutton said that the university community had enjoyed a gracious opportunity, and got a fair deal from the state government on the reduction of the fees.
“I think the government had been magnanimous enough to have heeded to the fee reduction proposal by the students, even though it is not the same amount as the students proposed,” he said.
Sutton urged the students to pay as directed, while the payment and registration portal remained open for them.(NAN)