UNILAG Bows To Student’s Pressure, Reduces Fees

After a number of student protests, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) announced that it would review its new prices and lower them by a certain percentage, among other things. It would also bring back the Student Union Government, which had been banned for decades.

This much was known even as the management, led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Folasade Ogunsola, met on Thursday with the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Usman Umar Barambu, and other top officers of the Association and UNILAG faculty leaders from nine faculties of the University and College of Medicine.

Head of the Communication Unit, Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, said in a statement that the meeting led to the reversal of mandatory fees, the reversal of housing fees, and the return of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) to UNILAG. As a result of the successful meeting between NANS and UNILAG, utility fees for all students were lowered from N20,000 to N15,000. Also, the mandatory fees for new undergraduate students were lowered from N126,325 to N116,325 for courses without a lab or studio and from N176,325 to N166,325 for courses with a lab or studio.

“Also, the mandatory fees for returning undergraduate students were changed from N100,750 to N80,750 for courses without lab or studio, N140,250 to N120,250 for courses with lab or studio, and N190,250 to N170,250 for medical, pharmacy, and health professions students.”

Also, both sides decided that all students in their last year should pay N27,000 instead of N30,000 for the convocation fee. There was also agreement that housing fees should be cut to almost half of what they used to be.

It was also said that the VC would start the process of getting the university students’ union back up and running.