August 25, 2014 – Students of the Lagos State University (LASU) who protested hike in tuition fee in the in the institution are currently being persecuted even after the Lagos State Government has reverted tuition to N25, 000.
Chairman National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Lagos State, Mr. Yakubu Eletu made the observation when he led members of his team to office of the Lagos State Governor in Lagos.
He alleged that some of the students who participated in protests that led to eventual reversal of tuition in the school to N25,00 are still in detention and appealed to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to ensure that the affected students are released.
Eletu added that while some of the affected students are being made to face the Senate panel to justify their actions others have had their National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) call-up letters withheld.
“Some of the students have been asked to face the Senate because they protested over the increase in tuition fees and some are being denied the opportunity to go for their NYSC because the school management withheld their call up letters. We want the governor to prevail on the VC to sheath his sword and allow the students who wants to go for NYSC to do so,” Eletu told the governor.
While responding, the Lagos State governor said he raised tuition in the school to enable government address infrastructural decay in the school following protest by students to the Lagos State House of Assembly on the issue.
“We didn’t just wake up one day and decided to increase the tuition of the school but it was you the students who protested to the State House of Assembly to complain over the state of the school. And based on your complaints, we acted accordingly.
“Part of the recommendation by the visitation panel was that the tuition of the school should be increased for the progress of the school, ” he said.
Fashola, who also got a certificate of commendation from NANS for reverting to the old tuition promised to interface with his Ogun State counterpart- Ibikunle Amosun to resolve the face-off between him and students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University.
He urged the leadership of student unions across the country to brace up for future leadership roles in the country by using student unionism as a platform and an opportunity to prepare themselves for future leadership that earnestly awaits them.
He told the visiting NANS team that their actions and inactions as student leaders would define their perception of leadership both now and in the near future.
While calling on students-body in Nigeria to change its style of pressing home its demands, the governor pledged to always pursue policies that would enhance the standard of education.
“We are trying to give you the opportunity that we didn’t have. The opportunity to participate in the decisions that affects your life. This are some of the process that we decided to take in order to prepare you for future leadership”, he said.