From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
Following series of protests by students of Lagos State University (LASU) over exorbitant tuition fees payable by new students of the university, Lagos state Government, yesterday announced a reduction in LASU’s tuition fees by 34 to 60 percent across different faculties.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Strategy, Lateef Raji and Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Hakeem Bello, disclosed this at a joint media briefing in Alausa, Ikeja.
The institution’s Governing Council is expected to subsequently issue details of what is now payable by students in each department.
It announced: “On the basis of these principles, government agrees that, with the subsidized tuition fees and appropriate moderation of the incidental fees, a reduction, ranging from 34 percent to 60 percent, is possible across the different faculties and courses”.
Olukoga explained that the decision was based on the resolution of the Lagos State executive Council on the report of the Ad-hoc Committee on LASU.
Olukoga, added that notwithstanding, the approval of reduced fees for students in the LASU, government would retain and continue with its enhanced scholarship and bursary provisions as well as research fund sponsored by the government to foster a culture of research and innovation in the university.