The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has immediately pronounced a reversal of the hiked fees for course registration, and other charges, described as “obnoxious” by the protesting students this Friday morning.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic & Research, Prof. Babajide Alo, who addressed the students as they occupied the senate building, also directed that the imposition of various charges on students to register separately for General Studies (GST) courses, be immediately reversed.
He advised the students who had paid to approach their faculty officers with teller evidence for a refund.
Prof. Alo pronounced that the increased charges from N10, 000 for late registration of courses, to N25, 000, are also immediately reversed. He added that the registration portals, which had been shut down, are now immediately re-opened for students to edit their courses for examination.
However, some students have said their protest did not include the demand for reversal of certain forced Insurance services, called T-SHIP, costing N5, 000 they have said it is also due to be contested.
"Imagine we were forced to pay N5, 000 for a health insurance service, and they are making us pay that same amount again as the premium, which policy is done that way? Is that not extortion?" Ask one of the student leaders who spoke with SaharaReporters .
Although final year students who are graduating in few days did not fully participate in the protest, some of them told Saharareporters that they have also been “over-billed” in paying more than N15, 000 to obtain graduation gowns.
The students began a protest this morning, shutting down the school gates, and all academic activities.
They also occupied the Vice Chancellor's lodge, but he was out.