A human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has called for a review of the controversial hiked school fees in Lagos State University (LASU), saying that the increase negates the African charter and the country’s law on right to education.
Falana, who made the call in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, also appealed that the Lagos State government should not allow the students to drop out of school due to poverty.
According to Falana, the state government ought to review the hike in tuition fees paid by the undergraduates on the grounds that majority of them are from poor homes whose parents and guardians “have been economically disabled by the kalokalo economic system operated by the ruling class in Nigeria”.
“On January 23, 2014 the generality of the students of the Lagos State University embarked on public rallies to protest the skyrocketing tuition fees and the inability to access the registration portal for the second semester examination. Owing to the violence that accompanied the protests, the university was shut down sine die (indefinitely).
“Unlike the past when students were compelled to pay reparation for damaged property on resumption, the Visitor to the University, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has approved the sum of N51million for the repairs of the public property and facilities damaged during the crisis.”
“While the Governor’s gesture is commendable the Lagos State government ought to review the hike in tuition fees paid by the undergraduates having regard to the fact that the majority of them are from poor homes whose parents and guardians have been economically disabled by the kalokalo economic system operated by the ruling class in Nigeria,” he said. (Leadership)
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