The Student Union Body of the Lagos State University (LASU) has urged the state government to reconsider the increment of school fees even as public higher institutions set to reopen.
This appeal which was made today by the LASU Students Union Government President, AbdulBasit Ashade cited the economic hardship on the part of the parents as their plea for reduction.
He said the Union which is the voice of the entire students in the school is giving the Lagos State Government 14days to reverse the decision.
According to Ashade, “Within the past few weeks, the LASU-SUG had held several meetings with the university’s management team, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Wahab Tokunbo; the Chairman of House Committee on Education, Mr Oluyinka Ogundimu; and other private stakeholders.
“The union understands the economic pressure this unprecedented hike will have on parents, guardians and students especially as the world battles with economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Hence, the union will stop at nothing in ensuring the increment is properly reviewed.
“This is a very challenging time and we must be sensitive not to compound this burden on the indigent students,” Ashade added.
“The state government, led by Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, in line with the vision of the founding fathers of this great citadel of learning should reverse the hike in the school fees within 14 days.
“Payment of school fees by the newly admitted students should be suspended and the portal for payment closed until a resolution is jointly reached by all parties.
“We want the general public, especially the representatives of the Lagos State Government and the students, to shun any form of protests and unwarranted dialogue without the presence of the student union leadership.
“LASU-SUG being a progressive union, admires the tranquility and serenity enjoyed so far on campus and enjoins the Lagos State Government and all stakeholders to react swiftly to our agitations,” Ashade concluded.