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LASU students stage peaceful protest over CBT, other additional fees

LASU’s student union leader, Dolapo Tobun, and other union executives led the protest. Mr Tobun said that the union was not informed about the fee.

• July 8, 2024
Protesting LASU students
Protesting LASU students[Credit: Guardian Nigeria]

Students of Lagos State University staged a peaceful protest on Monday against the introduction of the N10,000 Computer-Based Test (CBT), as well as forensic and counselling fees by the institution.

The students complained about the fee on Sunday.

During Monday’s protest, the students described the introduction of the fee as extortion.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as “Say No To 10k CBT Fee”; “Say No To Extortion”; “Why CBT Fee?” and “CBT Go Whine Us.”

LASU’s student union leader, Dolapo Tobun, and other union executives led the protest. Mr Tobun said that the union was not informed about the fee.

He said LASU students only noticed the additional fee on their school portal.

“I led the peaceful protest because we wanted the management to address the issue today and explain the reason for the additional fee,” he said.

Mr Tobun said that following the protest, the union leaders met with the school management, who agreed to remove the fee.

Samuel Kappo, Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor on Students’ Union Affairs (Tertiary Education), urged the students to return to classes and remain law-abiding.

Mr Kappo said he student’s welfare and academic success were priorities of the Lagos State government.

“After engaging with the students’ union and university management, the mandatory fee has been removed.

“The students staged a peaceful walk to the Senate building, expressing their concerns.

“I commend the students for their conduct during the peaceful protest and the university management for its considerate decision,” he said.

In her reaction to the protest, the vice-chancellor, Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, said that after meeting with the students, the university management withdrew the fee.


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