Students of the Lagos state University, LASU in their large numbers yesterday defiled heavy rainfall to paralyzed Office of the State Governor Babatunde Fashola over hike in the tuition fees.
The students, during their protest march arrived at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja at about 3:00 pm and immediately barricaded the entrance to the governor’s office with two Rapid Transit Buses (BRTs), other vehicles and started coking beans.
The protesting students danced and set up traditional cooking stove where they cooked beans for themselves. They also observed Muslim prayers at the entrance.
The protesters explained that on April 24th, 2014, they submitted a proposal that returning students should pay N46, 500 while new students pays N65, 500.
LASU SUG President, Yusuf Nurudeen, told newsmen that the governor didn’t accept it.
“For Governor Fashola not accepting this, he has violated Section 3(1) of the law that established the institution. The section states that the university should be made available for all people irrespective of their socio-economic background and status. Now, the governor has made LASU the University of the Rich”, he stated.
He complained that the action by the governor has led to the shutting of the school, adding “Everything has turned upside down. Our colleagues are dropping from the university daily.”
“The only language Fashola and his commissioners understand is protest. They have been promising that they will get back to us soon and very soon. Anything can be soon. We have resolved to fight this struggle by ourselves”, he stated.
State government officials however refuse to address the protesting students, while police officer attached to the Area F police command and Alausa police stations were drafted to the scene to forestall any damage to the state government property.