Mixed Reactions As UNILAG Reduces Fees

Mixed reactions have started trailing the reduction of fees announced by the management of University of Lagos.

Recall that the management of the University on Thursday, announced the reduction of its fees after meeting the representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Friday morning, it was revealed that the university held a meeting with the executives of the NANS and other faculty members on Thursday evening.

The statement read, “Authorities of the University of Lagos led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, on Thursday, September 14, 2023, had a meeting with the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Comrade Usman Umar Barambu accompanied by top officers of the Association and UNILAG Faculty leaders drawn from nine faculties of the University and College of Medicine.

“After careful evaluation of the issues raised by the students and management, the following consensus was reached at the meeting: Utility Charges for all categories of students were reduced to N15,000:00 from N20,000:00.

“The obligatory fees for new undergraduate students was reviewed from N126,325:00 to N116,325:00 for Courses without Lab/Studio and N176,325:00 to N166,325:00 for Courses with Lab/Studio.

“The obligatory fees for returning undergraduate students was reviewed from N100,750:00 to N80,750:00 for Courses without Lab/Studio; N140,250:00 to N120,250:00 for Courses with Lab/Studio; and from N190,250:00 to N170, 250:00 for Medical / Pharmacy students and students in Health Professions.

“The Convocation Fee to be paid by all final year students was reduced to N27,000:00 from N 30,000:00. Hostels fees were reviewed as follows: For undergraduate hostels in Akoka and Yaba campuses, the fees was reduced to N43, 000:00 from N90,000:00.

“For hostels in Idi-Araba campus, the fees was reduced to N65,000:00 from N120,000:00. The fees for Sodeinde Hall was reduced to N135,000:00 from N250,000:00.”


Scores of Nigerians on social media have reacted to the development. While some opined that the reduction fee is still outrageous, others commended the management.

Muyiwa Ogunnaike said, “This is not a reduction at all!”

Abodunrin Yetunde said, “The fee is still outrageous for God’s sake!”

Umar Nathaniel said, “The Management of UNILAG knew what they wanted to get and knew how the students would react, so they hiked it (took it to a higher level). We use this simple technique in trading. Now the students have agreed to the most likely fee the Management wanted them to pay.”

Tolu Oduyale said, “Splashes…To how much??? “Education should be free”, I will makes $1 equates to ₦1 , I will build 7 Refinaries…#All nah Scam# these are the types of Scam tools quote politicians uses during the Election.”

Nelson Oriarebun said, “Reduced from what to what exactly? From 20k to 80k, how is this a reduction?.

Orukpe Stephen said, “This is how responsive and responsible management reason and behave, not the Ambrose Alli University AAU ekpoma draconic tactics.
Protest is a natural occurrence to show displeasure over harsh policies and school fees increment at this time is a harsh policy.”

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