The students of the Lagos State University (LASU) stand firm on their decision for the state government to reduced the school fees.
The students say there is no going back on their proposal to the state government to reduce the school fees to N46, 500 for returning students and N65, 500 for fresh students.
At a press briefing held in the Ojo Campus of the school on Monday, the Student Union President, Nurudeen Yusuf, told journalists that the students are unanimous in their resolve not to resume academic activities until the fees are reduced.
They appealed to the school authorities to close the portal for payment and registration for the new session until the state government makes a pronouncement on the fees as proposed by the students.
The students also appealed to parents and guardians to stand in solidarity with them and not to make any payments to the school.
They have also declared a week of what they call, “a mass protest against the Boko Haram policy of the Lagos state government”. The week long activities will see the students take to the streets again for peaceful marches, rallies and protests.
In a schedule of the fees, new intakes in the College of Medicine are to pay as much as N308,750 while the least fees are that of students in the Arts/ Education, N193,750.
In his democracy day message to the students, Governor Babatunde Fashola said he has passed on the position of the students to the State Executive Council, maintaining that his government is ready to make adjustments where necessary.
The students however feel that the government is taking too long to reach a decision, a decision which affects their future.
“Now we are saying we will take charge, we will go on protest, not even the 98 battalion will stop us” Yusuf said.
Meanwhile, the school authorities have released a calendar for resumption. The students say this is unfair considering that talks have not been concluded with the government. They are therefore appealing to parents and guardians to stand in solidarity with them and not make any payments
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos State University, Chapter, ASUU-LASU had declared a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action on 20 May, 2014.
Following in the line of ASUU-LASU, the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo Chapter, declared indefinite strike action on 26 May, 2014, paralysing activities in the school.
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