Current school fees paid by students in the Lagos State University (LASU) came about through dialogue and negotiation, Head of Service, Lagos State, Mrs. Josephine Oluseyi Williams has said.
Williams who made the revelation Tuesday while speaking at the annual ministerial press briefing in Lagos said the state government has set up a committee to look into the possibility of reducing school fees paid at LASU, adding that the committee meets regularly with a view to addressing concerns raised about the high fees paid in LASU.
She explained that though there are concerns about the fee, management of the school has made provision for those who earn low salary to pay the fees in instalment. She called on those on low salary interested in pursuing a course in LASU to cut down on unnecessary expenses like spouses and children to be able to meet up.
She said that public servants in the state have been complying with service compact even without introduction of clocking-in system, adding that some of the bad habits observed have been corrected.
She called on graduates seeking employment to acquire additional certificates that would put them ahead of their peers, noting that some who have benefitted from additional certification brought about by the Lagos State Government in partnership with Oracle are likely to be employed by one of the banks present during the induction ceremony.
She explained that between June 2013 and April 2014, the sum of N119, 765,000 were disbursed as housing loan to 555 officers and that the Lagos HOMS ownership scheme was designed for all residents of Lagos State hence the state government is not able to give discount to public servants in the state.
She called on professional drivers in the state to go for certification in any of the state owned drivers institute adding that those without the certificate will be apprehended whether or not they are working for the state government.