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LASU Students Damaged Properties Worth N51Million

LASU students protest in Lagos
LASU students protest in Lagos
Lagos State Government has estimated the total cost of properties damaged by students of the Lagos State University (LASU) when they went on rampage January 23 to protest hike in school fees and closure of the university portal by the school authorities just few days to the semester examination.

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The state government calculated the estimate put at N51 million, which it said has been paid to the school authorities, even as the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has ordered authorities of the school to open the school for normal academic activities on Monday, February 24, 2013.

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The governor who made the announcement in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Alhaji Hakeem Bello said government opted to open the school in the over-riding interest of the students, as recommended in the report of the Lagos State House of Assembly’s Ad-hoc Committee on the LASU crisis.

“The Governor also approved the sum of N51 million for the repairs of damaged property and facilities in the higher institution based on the assessment done by the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure”, the statement said and advised the students to keep the peace and be of good conduct.

The university was closed down more than three weeks ago when students went on rampage, destroying properties when the they could not register for their semester exam due to closure of the school portal through which all students are expected to register for the semester examination.

The students used the incident to demonstrate their abhorrence for high tuition in the school. Lagos State Government in 2012 jerked up school fee in LASU.

A breakdown of the new tuition fee per faculty indicates that fresh students in Faculties of Arts/Education would cough out N193,750. From that amount, tuition fee is N50,000, acceptance fee, laboratories/workshop/practical/studio attracts N20,000 each and it also include N15,000 for field trip/teaching practice and development levy.

For Faculties of Social and Management Sciences, the new students would pay N223,750 with N60,000 for tuition fee, laboratories/practical/workshop/studio attract N25,000, acceptance fee is N20,000.

The new fee for Law programmes is N248,750, with breakdown as follows, N80,000 for tuition, N50,000 for MOOT court Law, while examinations and acceptance goes for N20,000 each as development levy is N15,000.

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Communication/ Transport faculties new intakes are to pay N238,750, with N60,000 going for tuition fee, N30,000 for laboratories/practical/workshop/studio, N25,000 for examinations and N20,000 for acceptance fee.

According to government, fresh students in Science Faculty would pay N258,750, made up of N60,000 as tuition fee, N40,000 for laboratories/ practical/workshop/studio, examination N25,000, and N20,000 each for acceptance fee and manuals.

In Engineering Faculty, the new intakes would cough out N298, 750 with breakdown as follow, N80,000 for tuition fee, N45,000 for laboratories/practical/workshop/studio, N25,000 for examinations, while acceptance fee and manuals attracts N20,000 each. The new tuition takes effect from 2011/2012 academic session.

PRESS RELEASE
FASHOLA APPROVES IMMEDIATE RE-OPENING OF LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, on Friday approved the re-opening of the Lagos State University (LASU) from Monday February 24, in the overriding best interest of the students, as recommended in the report of the Lagos State House of Assembly’s Ad-hoc Committee on the LASU crisis.

The Governor also approved the sum of N51 million for the repairs of damaged property and facilities in the higher institution based on the assessment done by the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure. The statement advised the students to keep the peace and be of good conduct.

SIGNED:
HAKEEM BELLO
SPECIAL ADVISER ON MEDIA TO H.E
FEBRUARY 21, 2014

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