UNILAG Agrees to Fee Reduction After Marathon Meeting with NANS

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has agreed to reduce various obligatory fees following discussions with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), addressing student concerns and striving to make education more affordable.

UNILAG Agrees  Fee Reduction

UNILAG Agrees  Fee Reduction

 

After Marathon Meeting with NANS

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In a groundbreaking development following an extensive meeting between the University of Lagos (UNILAG) management and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the institution has decided to alleviate the financial burden on its students by reducing various obligatory fees.

The marathon meeting, which took place recently, was attended by the National President of NANS, Comrade Usman Umar Barambu, along with other NANS officials, and was led by UNILAG’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola. After careful deliberations, both parties reached a consensus on several significant fee reductions that will undoubtedly ease the financial strain on students.

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According to a statement issued by the Head of UNILAG’s Communication Unit, Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, the following fee reductions have been agreed upon:

1. Utility Charges: Reduced from N20,000 to N15,000 for all categories of students.

2. Obligatory Fees for New Undergraduate Students: Reduced from N126,325 to N116,325 for courses without Lab/Studio, and from N176,325 to N166,325 for courses with Lab/Studio.

3. Obligatory Fees for Returning Undergraduate Students: Reduced from N100,750 to N80,750 for courses without Lab/Studio, from N140,250 to N120,250 for courses with Lab/Studio, and from N190,250 to N170,250 for Medical/Pharmacy students and students in Health Professions.

4. Convocation Fee: Reduced from N30,000 to N27,000 for all final year students.

5. Hostel Fees: Reduced significantly for various campuses and halls of residence, including Akoka and Yaba campuses (from N90,000 to N43,000), Idi-Araba campus (from N120,000 to N65,000), and Sodeinde Hall (from N250,000 to N135,000).

At the onset of the meeting, NANS President Comrade Barambu emphasized the students’ demands, which included the reversal of obligatory fees, hostel fee reductions, and the reinstatement of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) at UNILAG. He highlighted how the absence of an SUG had hindered effective communication between students and the university’s management.

In response, Professor Ogunsola, the Vice Chancellor, outlined the university’s financial challenges in the face of economic realities. She assured students of UNILAG’s commitment to implementing measures that would mitigate the impact of the fee adjustments. These measures include offering an Instalment Payment Option, revitalizing the Work-Study Programme, providing assistance to indigent students, and initiating various scholarship opportunities, among others. The Vice-Chancellor emphasized that UNILAG remained dedicated to delivering quality education to its students, irrespective of their background.

Furthermore, she announced the institution’s intention to reinstate student union activities, which have been banned for over six years. This move is expected to facilitate more effective communication and grievance redressal between students and the university administration.

The decision to reduce fees comes in the wake of student protests that began last week, triggered by what students perceived as prohibitive fee hikes. UNILAG’s commitment to resolving these issues in a cooperative and considerate manner represents a significant step toward ensuring affordable and accessible higher education for all.

In a groundbreaking development, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has responded to the concerns of its students by reducing various obligatory fees, following extensive discussions with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

UNILAG Agrees  Fee Reduction

The marathon meeting, attended by NANS National President Comrade Usman Umar Barambu and other officials, as well as led by UNILAG’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, resulted in a consensus on significant fee reductions aimed at alleviating the financial burden on students.

As per a statement from UNILAG’s Communication Unit, here are the key fee reductions agreed upon:

1. Utility Charges: Reduced from N20,000 to N15,000 for all students.
2. Obligatory Fees for New Undergraduate Students: Reduced for courses without Lab/Studio from N126,325 to N116,325, and for courses with Lab/Studio from N176,325 to N166,325.
3. Obligatory Fees for Returning Undergraduate Students: Reduced for courses without Lab/Studio from N100,750 to N80,750, for courses with Lab/Studio from N140,250 to N120,250, and for Medical/Pharmacy students and Health Professions students from N190,250 to N170,250.
4. Convocation Fee: Reduced from N30,000 to N27,000 for all final year students.
5. Hostel Fees: Significantly reduced for various campuses and halls of residence.

At the outset of the meeting, NANS President Comrade Barambu outlined the students’ demands, including the reversal of obligatory fees, hostel fee reductions, and the reinstatement of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) at UNILAG, stressing the importance of effective communication between students and the university’s management.

In response, Vice Chancellor Professor Ogunsola explained the university’s financial challenges amidst economic realities and assured students of UNILAG’s commitment to implementing measures to mitigate the impact of fee adjustments. These measures include an Instalment Payment Option, revitalizing the Work-Study Programme, assisting indigent students, and initiating scholarship opportunities. She underscored UNILAG’s dedication to providing quality education for all students, regardless of their background.

Additionally, she announced UNILAG’s intention to reinstate student union activities, banned for over six years, to enhance communication and grievance resolution between students and the administration.

This decision to reduce fees follows student protests sparked by perceived fee hikes, and UNILAG’s collaborative and compassionate approach demonstrates a significant stride towards affordable and accessible higher education for all.

UNILAG Agrees  Fee Reduction

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