School Fee Hike: UNILAG Students Comtemplates Protest…see details

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The recent hike in the fee payable by students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), may lead to a confrontation between the students and the management of the institution, as the students have concluded plans to embark on a protest over the issue on Wednesday.

According to the source, the students are being coordinated by their faculty leaders since the university has no central student union government.

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In light of the foregoing, we would like to advise our students as follows: That planned protest could easily be hijacked by unscrupulous elements, looking for opportunities to cause civil unrest and unleash terror on law-abiding citizens or those who want to score cheap political points.

 

“While the university would not allow convergence of any group of people at its campus and environs, a protest of this nature could be hijacked by miscreants, and may lead to looting and physical damage of the University property with its attendant consequences.

“We want to reiterate that the university is not against lawful and peaceful protests by students or any other law abiding citizens or group of people.

“However, the management of University of Lagos will not be deterred to take the necessary legitimate steps to protect the lives and property of the institution by those masquerading as defender of students’ rights and interest in a bid to cause civil unrest.

“The protest could lead to the closure of the university and further elongate your stay/year in the university.

“In conjunction with our various security agencies events are being monitored as they unfold, and decisive actions would be taken to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of all staff and bonafide residents on campus.

“In light of the foregoing, we would like to advise our students as follows: That planned protest could easily be hijacked by unscrupulous elements, looking for opportunities to cause civil unrest and unleash terror on law-abiding citizens or those who want to score cheap political points.

“While the university would not allow convergence of any group of people at its campus and environs, a protest of this nature could be hijacked by miscreants, and may lead to looting and physical damage of the University property with its attendant consequences

“The protest could lead to the closure of the university and further elongate your stay/year in the university.

“In conjunction with our various security agencies events are being monitored as they unfold, and decisive actions would be taken to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of all staff and bonafide residents on campus.

“Do channel all grievances through the Dean, Student Affairs, who is officially empowered to interact with students.

“Do not allow yourself to be used as an instrument of destruction to your university or country,” the school noted.

Meanwhile, a group, Education Rights Concern (ERC), through Comrade Hassan Taiwo, has lambasted the management of UNILAG and accused them of scaremongering.

In a statement on Monday, he said, “The authorities of the University of Lagos is showing that it is a lawless entity by this scaremongering statement it has just issued. While UNILAG’s motto is “In deed and In truth” , the authorities of the institution has failed to tell the truth in this regard.

“For instance, the authorities gave the impression that those organising the protest are faceless elements whereas it met with them in their capacity as representatives of UNILAG students about one month ago to discuss the outrageous fee hike in the institution. At this meeting, the students rejected the fee hike and instead asked the UNILAG authorities to join Nigerian students to compel the federal government to fund public education adequately if truly it is lack of adequate funds that is the reason why it had to hike fees.

“Unable to withstand student’s argument, the Vice Chancellor asked for time to consult further with a promise to reconvene again after a few weeks. In this statement, the authorities have refused to say the truth that it was its blatant refusal to continue engagement with the student representatives about one month after the first meeting that has necessitated this protest.

(Daily Report)

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