University of Lagos reduces controversial tuition fees

The management of University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced review of its newly introduced tuition fees which it had earlier increased the payable fees from N26,000 and about N76,000 to between N120,750 and N240,250 depending on the courses of study and year of admission

Penpushing reports that the review followed Thursday’s meeting the management had with the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), held at the university campus in Akoka, Lagos State.

The university authorities in an official statement on Friday issued by its Public Relations Officer Adejoke Alaga-Ibrahim, explained that the institution announced the reduction of the obligatory fees for students, utility bills, convocation fees and others.

Penpushing further reports that the statement, stated that the utility charges for all categories of students have been reduced to N15,000 from N20,000 and convocation fees to be paid by all final-year students were reduced to N27,000 from N30,000.

The statement added that the obligatory fees for new undergraduate students were reviewed from N126,325 to N116,325 for courses without lab/studio and N176,325 to N166,325 for courses with lab/studio.

Penpushing also reports that it explained that the obligatory fees for returning undergraduate students were reviewed from N100,750 to N80,750 for courses without lab/studio; N140,250 to N120,250 for courses with lab/studio; and from N190,250 to N170,250 for medical / pharmacy students and students in health professions.

The statement said  hostel fees were also reviewed, adding that for undergraduate hostels in the Akoka and Yaba campuses, the fees were reduced to N43,000 from N90,000; for hostels in Idi-Araba campus, from N120,000 to N65,000; while the fees for Sodeinde Hall were reduced to N135,000 from N250,000.

Penpushing reports that the President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Usman Barambu in the demand for the body called for  the reinstatement of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) in the university.

The students leader in similar vein, observed that the absence of Students Union Government (SUG) in the university had adversely affected communication between the students and management, and also noted that students would be able to channel their grievances appropriately through the union

Penpushing further reports that the statement assured that the Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof Folasade Ogunsola will commence the process of reinstating students’ union activities in the university, and reiterated her commitment to the actualisation of measures put in place to ameliorate the negative impacts of the obligatory fee review.

The statement added that Ogunsola had initially explained that the measures to ease the payment of fees include an instalment payment option, scholarship, revitalisation of a work-study programme, assistance to indigent students, and partnership with Lagos Bus Rapid Transport System, assuring that no student of the institution  would drop out of the institution due to fees

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