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UNILAG silent as SSANU alleges tuition hike

Amidst the current economic situation in the country and alleged impact of fuel subsidy removal, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has increased its tuition.

It was gathered that the proposed fees for undergraduate students was disclosed at a meeting on Thursday between the university management and representatives of the non-teaching staff unions of the institution.

In an unsigned statement bearing the logo and letterhead of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) UNILAG branch, posted on twitter; students without lab or studio use would pay N100,750 per session; those with lab use would pay N140,250, while College of Medicine undergraduates would pay N190,250.

Though UNILAG is yet to officially announce the new tuition, reactions have continued to trail this development on social media.

A media personality, Pamilerin Adegoke @UnclePamilerin in a tweet lamented the increase in his sisters’ UNILAG tuition.

He tweeted, “I have two sisters in UNILAG. Their school fees just went up from N16,000 to N100,750 and the other, from N21,000 to N140,250.

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Reacting to his tweet, Olayinka Se jeje @olasejeje tweeted, “But lets be honest, how do you intend to have good education and good facilities with N16,000? Even this increment can’t work”

Cloud.Ikeme @cloudikeme reacted, “You were dragging PDP for not providing ‘affordable’ education when UNILAG school fees was N10,000. Is N100,000 fees affordable now?”

Ayo Odun @ayooduni tweeted, “Is it with N30,000 minimum wage that they will pay school fees of N140,000? A bi e ronu ni?”

A source in the university who does not want his name mentioned told Iya Magazine that the reality on ground requires an increase in tuition, as funds gotten from the Federal Government is insufficient to provide the desired education and run operations of the institution.

He said the university will, at the appropriate time, make an official announcement on the situation.

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