The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Folasade Ogunsola, has stated that no student of the institution, whether fresh or returning, will be forced to drop out due to the increment in fees. Speaking at a press briefing on Saturday via Zoom, Mrs Ogunsola explained that the fee increment is necessary for the sustainability of the university and to continue delivering quality education.
The students have been protesting the decision of the university to increase the payable fees from N26,000 and about N76,000 to between N120,750 and N240,250 depending on the courses of study and levels.
Mrs Ogunsola further explained that the cost of running the institution has astronomically gone up as a result of high inflation in the country, removal of subsidy on petroleum, among other reasons.
However, to ensure students do not drop out of the university, Mrs Ogunsola highlighted that the university will adopt measures such as scholarship opportunities, work-study programmes, and instalment payment options among others.
The fees payment system has been re-configured to allow instalment payment option: three times before the closure of the academic year. The student work-study programme has been revitalised to accommodate increased remuneration.
Students have the opportunity to access various scholarship opportunities including the UNILAG Scholars Award for exceptionally brilliant students. The University, with the support of its donor-partners, has expanded its assistance programme for eligible indigent students. This programme includes the provision of funds, meal tickets and raw food items to indigent students.
To facilitate ease on transportation, UNILAG has acquired approval from Lagos State for additional BRT dedicated route for persons who come from Berger Bus Stop axis of Lagos State. In addition, discussions are ongoing to have other routes such as Oshodi and Iyana Ipaja included.
These measures are expected to provide relief to students and parents/guardians who may be facing financial difficulties due to recent fee increases.