Authorities of the Lagos State University, LASU, have dismissed claims by students that it lacked the legal authority to review and increase fees, aside tuition fees of which the state government was in charge.
It stated yesterday that it has the right not only to increase tuition fees, but also to review and increase of other fees as may be necessary for the smooth administration of the school, according to its registrar, Mr. Akin Lewis, Friday in Lagos.
LASU authorities had increased the acceptance fee for the newly admitted students from N10, 000 to N20, 000 and indigenous students’ fee from N1, 000 to N5, 000.
However, the Lagos State University Students Union, LASUSU, had demanded for a reversal of the fees with immediate effect to prevent crisis.
Lewis said that the university had not asked students, except new intakes who had been offered provisional admission, to pay an acceptance fee and added that payment of the acceptance fee had been a norm in the institution and the decision to increase it rests on the university management.
“This is not the first time new students are paying acceptance fee, so, an increment should not be an alarm, the management has the right to review and increase fees. This is not an increment in tuition fees, but an increment in acceptance fee and the management has reasons for its decisions,” he said.
But in swift reaction, a statement signed by LASUSU president, Mr Adeyemi Onikoro, directed the new students to stop the payment “till the issue was addressed”, stressing that the students’ union was not involved in the process of the increment.
“The recent increment of the new students’ acceptance fee and indigenous verification fee, from N10, 000 and 1,000 respectively to 20,000 and 5,000 came as a shock to LASUSU.
“We state emphatically that the management coming out with this increment at this time is a calculated attempt on the part of the management.
“The idea is to introduce what we tag as a “divide and rule” principle between students and the newly admitted students, which the students’ union firmly and judiciously stands against.
“This is also an attempt to bring back the already solved issue of school fees hike; an increment in the acceptance fee will surely lead to an increase in the school fees of new students, which we reject in its totality, “‎it said noting that it ought to have been carried along on the increment process.
The union urged the management to revisit and reverse the increment, so as to maintain the relative peace currently enjoyed on the campus.

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