Fashola To Address LASU Tuition Hike Soon

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it would soon make a pronouncement on the lingering issue of tuition fees hike at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.

Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, the Commissioner for Education, told newsmen at the 2014 Ministerial briefing in Lagos that the government was making effort to end the ongoing crisis in the institution.

“We are looking into the crisis in LASU holistically as a responsible government; very soon you will hear our pronouncement on the fees issue.

“We are not insensitive to the plight of the students, we are working on it,’’ she said.

On projects, Oladunjoye said that it had completed LASU School of Transport, while seven others were still under construction.

According to her, the projects under construction are LASU ultra-modern Senate Building, LASU Central Library, Student Union Arcade and Faculty of Management Sciences complex.

Others are Faculty of Law Lecture Hall, LASU Radio Station and Faculty of Science Complex.

She said that 2,784 candidates were offered admission in the 2012/2013 academic session out of which 2,008 were cleared for matriculation.

Also speaking, Dr Fatai Olukoga, Special Adviser to Gov. Babatunde Fashola on Education, berated the lecturers for threatening to embark on strike because of the fees hike.

Olukoga said that the lecturers were using the fees hike issue to stay away from classrooms.

He said that the demands of the union could not be addressed without due consultation.

The adviser said that the union’s demands of retirement age to be increased to 65 years could not be decided on by the State Executive Council.

“The EXCO cannot decide on the retirement age on its own; we told ASUU members to write to the House of Assembly so that they can call a public hearing before a decision can be made.

“We are at the point of talking, so, maybe they will not embark on strike,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ASUU, LASU chapter had given the government ultimatum and threatened to embark on strike over the fees hike. [NAN]