The authorities of the Lagos State University have declared that the tuition by their students cannot even pay the workers’ salaries for three months.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oladapo Obafunwa, stated this just as he noted that the Lagos State Government would invest about N9bn this year in the school.
Obafunwa, who stated this during the institution’s 2013/2014 matriculation, also urged students of the school to shun anti-social behaviour.
Of the 1,582 candidates offered provisional admission to the university, 1,119 persons participated in the exercise having paid their tuition fees.
Fresh students of the school pay between N190, 000 and N400,000.
For instance, Arts/Education students pay N193,750; Social and Management Sciences, N223,750; Law, N248,750; while those in Communication/Transport, Sciences, Engineering and College of Medicine pay N238,750, N258,750, N298,750 and N348,750 in that order.
Hitherto, the fees ranged between N25,000 and N62,500.
The tuition introduced three sessions ago has continued to attract controversies, the latest resulting in the closure of the institution last January 23 for 26 days following violent students’ demonstrations.
The students, who destroyed property worth millions of naira, were protesting against the closure of the examination portal following the inability of some of them to pay their fees.
But the VC while addressing fresh students on Friday, noted that the university was not relying on their tuition to run the school.
According to him, the tuition is not even enough to pay the workers’ salaries for more than three months.