The lingering dispute between the students of the Lagos State University (LASU) and the state government over tuition fees may soon be resolved as the parties have been holding talks on ways of reaching agreeable fees regime for the school.
Lagos State governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) who dropped the hint assured the students of the school that the state executive council is currently studying their paper to the government on the increase in their school fees, promising that where there is need for adjustment or amendment it would be effected accordingly.
It would be recalled that following several agitations by the students on the fees increase, the state governor met with them severally and it was agreed that the students should make their independent study and present to government a position paper on the way forward.
Fielding questions at a live television interactive session with media executives at the Lagos Television, Ikeja, Fashola said the students had presented the paper which is now before the executive council for consideration and approval.
He declared, “I have passed it out to the council. We have told the students that we are not inflexible and where we see the need for adjustment or amendment, we will do it so that they might understand it better”, noting, however, that going by the position paper, the students were not against the increase but the parameters used in calculating the fees.
Fashola reiterated that the increase in fees regime was one of the many recommendations made by a visitation panel inaugurated at the instance of the students in a petition to the House of Assembly.
“There were many recommendations made by the panel many of which we accepted. It is the school fees that have become so vexatious as it were. What we have done is that we looked across schools, federal and state and private schools and tried to stay somewhere in the middle”, the governor explained.
He said government also decided that the new fees was not going to affect sitting students but only new intakes. (Leadership)