Former Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani has urged university students where their tuition fees have been hiked to emulate students of the University of Lagos by kicking against the increase.
Making this call in a tweet on Wednesday, Sani commended Unilag students for taking action against the fee hike.
“Unilag students protest against the hike in school fees is commendable; Students from other higher institutions across the country facing same situation should emulate them,” Mr Sani wrote.
His comment comes just as UNILAG students stage a second protest following the refusal of the management of the institution to revert to the old tuition being paid by students after it increased the institution fee in July.
The school administration announced the increase in tuition costs for new and returning undergraduate students in July, citing “prevailing economic realities” as the justification.
News About Nigeria gathered that the development triggered a protest among students who were not satisfied with the new fee. They requested that the management of the institution revert to the old fees.
However, defending the institution’s decision in a recent interview, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Folasade Tolulope Ogunsola explained that the hike was caused by the challenging economic conditions in the country which significantly impacted the operational costs of the university.
In addition, Professor Ogunsola said that the university could no longer maintain its prior financial arrangements due to the government’s declining financial support.
A week after the first demonstration was broken up by security personnel, the students gathered once more on Wednesday, this time joined by peers from other universities.