Authorities of the Lagos State University, Ojo, on Monday said over 900 students had complied with the payment of the new tuition fees as directed by the management.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Lagos State Government had on June 11 approved between 34 per cent and 60 per cent reduction in the LASU tuition following protests from students and civil society groups.
The university Governing Council on June 20 released a new tuition fees to be paid by students, which ranged from N76, 750 to N158, 250.
The tuition fee was increased in 2011 from N25, 000 to N198, 000 for humanities and education, while medical students were made to pay N350, 000.
Following the new development, the management of the institution recalled the students from recess, and directed them to start paying the reduced tuition fee for the 2013/2014 academic session.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Kayode Sutton, told NAN in Lagos that the students had started complying with the payment and registration process as directed.
“As of today, over 900 students have paid the new fees as directed by the management,” he said.
On the low turnout of students in the campus, Sutton said the population of the students on campus should not be used to determine the number of students who had paid as the payment and registration process were done online.
“You do not need to see the presence of students on campus before one can ascertain that they have complied,” he said.
The institution’s spokesman said the management would refund the balance of those students, who had paid the old rate if they showed a receipt of payment for confirmation.
Meanwhile, the Students Union President, Mr. Nurudeen Yusuf, told NAN that the union was still not satisfied with the new tuition fees.
Yusuf said the union was still pressing for the proposed N46, 500 for the returning students and N65, 500 for the fresh students by the union.