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LASU Students Storm Lagos Assembly Over Resumption Date, Fee Hike



The Joint Action Front (JAF) and Education Right Campaign (ERC) last week joined the students of  Lagos State University (LASU) in protest against hike in tuition fee and partial resumption of students.

Hundreds of LASU students stormed the Assembly to express their grievances over what they called outrageous school fees.

According to the Publicity Secretary of ERC, Hassan Soweto, “we want members of the House to talk to the Governor to reduce the high fees being charged by the school, and allow all LASU students to resume on 24th of February announced by the school management as resumption date for final year students.

Other demands of the students include re-opening of LASU portal, adequate funding of the institution amongst others.

While the students were chanting protest songs with placards at the entrance of the Assembly, JAF Secretary, Comrade Abiodun Aremu added that all the students would resume on 24th of February with the final year students.

He advised  the House to avert crisis by reversing the fees being charged by the institution, saying that JAF members would be at the gate of the school on the resumption day and that they would disregard law enforcement officers the school management might invite to harass the students.

In his reaction, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Musibau Kolawole Taiwo said that it became imperative for the fees of the school to be increased, when the facilities on ground there were not enough.

According to him, some courses had been dis-accredited in LASU by the National Universities Commission during a visit to the school.

“I was part of the lawmakers that went to NUC office in Abuja and we were told that they were even coming to dis-accredit more courses. That was why we supported the state government on the need to increase fees to help the school,” he said.

Kolawole however, said amidst protest by the students that the Assembly would look into the letter of protest submitted by the students.

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