Students Suspend Protest In UNILAG Over School Fees Hike

The Lagos State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students Joint Campus Council (NANS JCC), has suspended its planned protest against the hike in school fees of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Disclosing this on Tuesday, the students attributed the suspension to the intervention of the State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa.

Chairman of the association, Alimi Idris and Secretary, Abdulrazak Yusuf, in a statement, urged the commissioner to ensure the students’ grievances were communicated to the appropriate authorities.

The student leaders further commended the Owohunwa for his intervention and assured the police boss of their cooperation.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benjamin Hundeyin, said that the Commissioner met with the student leaders on Monday.

According to Hundeyin, the students planned a demonstration for Tuesday (today) but were invited by the Commissioner for discussion to find a way around the protest.

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He said that Owohunwa assured the students that he would meet with the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Folasade Tolulope, to discuss their grievances.

The PPRO said that the police commissioner also set up a Police-Student Relations Committee (PSRC) to address issues that might arise from the meeting in the future.

“One of the students (name withheld) in the delegation, who is an indigent student, was given a scholarship by the CP throughout his university education.

“Based on this and others, the student leaders agreed to suspend the protest.

“They promised to maintain peace within the campus,” he said.

Recall that on July 20, 2023, the university authorities announced a hike in fees for undergraduate students.

The authorities raised the fees from N19,000 to N190,250 for students studying medicine, while for courses that require laboratory and studio, students are to pay N140,250.