The management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, has succumbed to pressure, announcing a reduction in its fees.
This comes after an agreement was reached at a meeting between authorities of the University, headed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, and the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Usman Umar Barambu, on Thursday, 14th September 2023.
The demands put forth by the students were forwarded at the beginning of the meeting.
The demands include reversal of obligatory fees, reversal of hostel fees, and reinstatement of Students’ Union Government of the University.
In a statement made available to media, the university has cut down fees and charges.
The statement reads in part;
after careful evaluation of the issues raised by the students and management, the following consensus was reached at the meeting: Utility Charges for all categories of students was reduced to N15,000:00 from N20,000:00.”UNILAG- Management.
The obligatory fees for new undergraduate students was reviewed from N126,325:00 to N116,325:00 for Courses without Lab/Studio and N176,325:00 to N166,325:00 for Courses with Lab/Studio.”UNILAG- Management.
The obligatory fees for returning undergraduate students was reviewed from N100,750:00 to N80,750:00 for Courses without Lab/Studio; N140,250:00 to N120,250:00 for Courses with Lab/Studio; and from N190,250:00 to N170, 250:00 for Medical / Pharmacy students and students in Health Professions.UNILAG- Management.
The Convocation Fee to be paid by all final year students was reduced to N27,000 from N 30,000.”UNILAG- Management
Hostel fees were also slashed by up to 50 percent for some of the hostels
Some students of the University of Lagos, had on Wednesday, 13th September 2023, taken to the streets to express their grievances with the raised tuition fees announced by the school management.
In July 2023, the UNILAG authorities announced a rise in tuition fees for both new and returning undergraduate students, citing the current economic conditions as the reason behind the decision.
Story: Hauwa Mohammed