Lagos State University Latest: Senate Suspends Students Union

Amidst recent students’ unrest rocking the Lagos State University, LASU, as a result of protest against hike in tuition fees, the Senate of the school, in an emergency meeting, yesterday, suspended the Students’ Union Government, SUG, and its activities on campus.

Consequently, the Police deployed armed policemen to the university in two Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, six Police Hilux vans, two Police trucks and one Mercedes Benz car. As at yesterday, there were skirmishes between the students and armed policemen who fired teargas to disperse and halt the incursion of irate students into the campus.

Meanwhile, a recent Special Bulletin by the university management, dated November 25, 2011, mandated new students offered provisional admission for 2011/2012 academic session to pay the new fees with immediate effect, based in two installments. Also, in the bulletin, returning students are to resume studies, Monday, December 5, 2011, and are to pay the old school fees of 25,000 in two installments. On resumption of studies, returning students were mandated to sign a letter of undertaking and guarantor form in their respective faculties.

Meanwhile, the recent hike in tuition fees seemed to cut across all Lagos State-owned tertiary institutions, as students of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, AOCOED, Ijaniki, reacted against the hike in their school fees by boycotting lectures. Following peaceful protest by the students, academic activities for the National Certificate Education, NCE, programme were disrupted and students were sent home.