The University of Lagos has announced a reduction in the fees recently increased by the institution following the demands of the students protesting against the fee hike in the university.
The university in a statement on Thursday night after a meeting with the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), announced a cut for the students following a demand for a reversal of the hike.
In July, the management of the institution announced an increase in the fees paid by students which it said takes effect from September 1.
Freshers’ undergraduate students with courses without the need for a laboratory are to pay a sessional mandatory fee of ₦126,325 and those with courses that use a laboratory are to pay ₦176,325 for one academic session.
The sessional mandatory charges for returning students were put at ₦100,750 for courses without labs and studios while that of courses with access to labs and studios were fixed at ₦140,250.
The university also said the approved charge for all medical students of the institution is ₦190,250.
Comparing these rates to the old rates amounted to a hike of over 600%.
On September 6, the students began a protest while the NANS leadership sought an audience with the university management.
According to TheCable, Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, the UNILAG PRO confirmed that the institution granted some fee cuts on the new fees.
- Utility charges for all students were reduced to ₦15,000 from ₦20,000.
- The obligatory fees for new undergraduate students were reviewed from ₦126,325 to ₦116,325 for courses without Lab/Studio and ₦176,325 to ₦166,325:00 for Courses with Lab/Studio.
- The obligatory fees for returning undergraduate students were reviewed from ₦100,750 to ₦80,750 for courses without Lab/Studio; ₦140,250 to ₦120,250 for courses with Lab/Studio; and from ₦190,250 to ₦170,250 for medical/pharmacy students and students in health professions.
- The convocation fee to be paid by all final-year students was reduced to ₦27,000 from ₦30,000.
- For undergraduate hostels in Akoka and Yaba campuses, the fees were reduced to ₦43, 000 from ₦90,000.
- For hostels in the Idi-Araba campus, the fees were reduced to N65,000 from ₦120,000.
- The fees for Sodeinde Hall were reduced to N135,000 from ₦250,000.
The management of the institution also agreed among other resolutions of the meeting that the reinstatement of UNILAG’s student union government which was dissolved in 2016 would soon commence.