The students of the Lagos State University, LASU, have rejected the reduction made on their Tuition fees.
The reduction was approved by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. But the students in a statement on Saturday night, through the Public Relations Officer of the Student Union Government, Adams Zaenab Olawumi, demanded that their fees be reversed to the old rate of 25,000 Naira.
The governor on Saturday approved the reduction of the fee from 67, 000 Naira to 57, 000 Naira per session payable by new intakes from 2020/21 session.
Olawumi in her statement read, “The leadership of the Lagos State University Students’ Union Government (LASU-SUG) extends Aluta Greetings to all students, comrades and stakeholders.
“The Lagos State University Students’ Union (hereinafter referred to as The Union) is saddled with the responsibility of protecting, ensuring and assuring the social and academic prosperity of ALL students of the Lagos State University.
The Union is primarily concerned with the welfare of students and maintaining a peaceful learning environment.
“Following the reduction in the increased school fees, the Union would like to use this medium to appreciate the University Management and Lagos State Government for the swift and considerate response our agitation has received.
Undoubtedly, education being the bedrock of any developed society remains core for a better Lagos! “In line with the news of reduction of the increased school fees circulating the media, the Union would like to reiterate that our stance remains TOTAL REVERSAL of the school fees.
The Union would continue to negotiate with the University Management and State Government for a downward review of the reduced school fees to the initial amount of #25,300 (twenty-five thousand, three hundred naira only).
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“Verily, the Lagos State University Students’ Union, being a progressive Union, admires the tranquility and serenity enjoyed so far on campus and enjoins the State Government and all stakeholders to react swiftly to our appeal for a collective good. “Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta!!!.”
200-level OAU student commits suicide
A level two student by name, Adedeji Emmanuel of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, in the department of Management and Accounting has committed suicide.
Emmanuel, it was said, left a suicide note after he took a poisonous substance which led to his death.
It was not immediately clear why Emmanuel took the decision, as some sources close to him gave different reasons.
A classmate of the deceased, who preferred anonymity, said Emmanuel suffered depression after a failed business deal.
But another source that commented on the matter said the deceased did not look like he was depressed when he was seen near the Conference Centre of the university on Monday.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olanrewaju, confirmed the death of the student.
Olanrewaju said, “The name of the student is Adedeji Emmanuel, a part two student of the Department of Management and Accounting.
“We appeal to parent and guidance to please let our children know that failure or depression occasioned by whatever, suicide should not be an option.
“We sympathise with the parent and friends of the deceased. He was at his formative stage.
“We heard that he left a suicide note. It pains us that the boy is no more. His action was because of one challenge or the other.”
Hijab Controversy: 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday
Recall that some schools in Kwara and Lagos State, where embroiled in a Hijab Controversy, the Kwara State government has directed 10 secondary schools that were embroiled in the hijab controversy to resume on Monday.
This is contained in a contained in a communique signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for the commencement of the third term of the 2020/2021 academic session.
The intent of the resumption, is to enable the students and teachers to cover the lost grounds as other schools in the state will resume for the third term academic session on April 26, 2021.
The Communique reads, “This is to inform parents/guardians and teachers that the 2020/2021 Third Term Academic Session for the 10 schools affected in the recent hijaab debate starts on Monday, 12th April 2021.
“This is part of the government’s efforts to bring the students in these schools up to speed in whatever they may have missed when their schools were shut. This is especially necessary for students preparing for external examinations.
“The resumption date for other schools not affected by the brief closure of schools is Monday 26th, 2021, as had earlier been communicated.
“All the teachers and staff of the affected schools should resume duty and commence classes immediately.
“The Monitoring and Inspection team of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development will be going round to ascertain compliance.”
Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries
Adding up with the strike actions going on in the nation, the Labour union at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State have begun an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and other issues.
This was signed in a statement Mr. Temidayo Temola, the chairman of the Joint Action Congress (JAC) in Okitipupa.
The affected unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
“The JAC of OAUSTECH arising from an all-important congress on April 6 resolved to commence a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike.
“This is a result of the inability of the management of the university to meet the demands of the unions on the payment of salaries from November 2020 till date.
“Also, non-remittance of over 22 months pension deductions coupled with non-implementation of minimum wage as well as non-payment of earned allowances.
“The unions will not relent on the indefinite strike until our demands are met,” the statement read.
Reacting to the development, the Registrar of the Institution, Mr Ganiyu Saliu, said that the management is aware of the strike, attributing the inability of the government to meet the union’s demand to the shortfall in the government’s subvention which could no longer be managed to meet its obligations.
He blamed the COVID-19 pandemic as being responsible for management’s inability to meet its obligations.
“Government is aware of all these issues but all these were due to the dwindling fortunes; the management is working with the unions to resolve all the issues soon,” Saliu said.
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