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Parents protest as UNILAG asks students to resume with mattresses



The management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, yesterday, explained why students staying on campus have been asked to come into the halls of residence with their mattresses and some other personal items, saying it is due to health reasons.

The explanation came against the backdrop of protest by parents, who lamented that they were just struggling to cope with the recent increase in tuition, hostel and other fees.

In a chat with Vanguard, the Head of the Information Unit of the varsity, Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, also said the halls are being renovated before the students would resume later in the month.

She was reacting to complaints by parents and students that with the new fee regime introduced by the university, such items ought to be provided by the school.

Alaga-Ibraheem said: “We asked the students to come with their own beddings for health reasons. That has been the practice for some time. It is not new. We are also working on the renovation of the various hostels. Some of them would be fully renovated before the students resume later in the month.

“Those whose renovation works might not be completed before the students resume, we are going to continue to work on them. We are working to make the hostels conducive for the students. As for the complaints that the hostel fees should be enough for the school to provide those items, we all know the situation in the country and the cost of the items. N65,000 for instance as a hostel fee for a year is not expensive going by what people pay for private accommodation.

The management is mindful of the welfare of the students and we are making all efforts to make their stay on campus comfortable.”

But reacting to the development, a parent who pleaded anonymity, lamented that: “UNILAG is becoming a secondary school where students are asked to come to school with their own beddings. It’s unbelievable. This is a university that has just increased tuition and hostel fees.”


Lagos state government to create more technical colleges to reduce out-of-school children




Jamiu Alli-Balogun, the Lagos commissioner for basic and secondary education, says plans are underway to create additional technical colleges and vocational centres across the state.

Alli-Balogun spoke on Tuesday in Ikeja about how the state government is approaching the issue of out-of-school children.

He said creating additional technical colleges will help reduce the number of out-of-school children in the state.

The commissioner said the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of the state, has ramped up efforts and strategies to meaningfully engage out-of-school children with a view to removing them from the streets.

The commissioner said the mission of the Lagos state Ministry of Basic Secondary Education (MBSE) is to ensure that no child is allowed to loiter again in the state.

“I have a mindset to boost the scope of technical and vocational education in the state in line with Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s THEMES agenda,” Alli-Balogun said.

“We want to take as much out-of-school children from the streets, so that they can be in the school learning one skill or the other, be useful to themselves, society and even be employers of labour.”

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UNICAL suspends fee hike after students’ protest




The University of Calabar (UNICAL) has directed that the new fees it introduced be put on hold until further notice.

The directive was conveyed in a statement by Gabriel Egbe, the university registrar, following a protest by students.

The management of UNICAL on Monday approved an adjustment in school fees after its emergency meeting on December 1.

The students, however, embarked on a protest that brought activities in the institution to a halt.

In the statement, Florence Obi, the university’s vice-chancellor, said the directive to put the new charges on hold was in reaction to the protest.

“The management of this institution is a listening administration,” the VC said.

“We want to assure the students as critical stakeholders that appropriate arrangements have been put in place through constructive engagements with the students to resolve the matter.

“The management, however, commends the students for the mature, reasonable and civilised manner exhibited towards resolving the matter.”

Following UNICAL’s reviewed charges, fresher students, returning students, and final-year students for non-science courses were expected to pay N111,000, N91,500 and N114,000, respectively.

They were also to pay N36,500, N21,500 and N21,500, respectively, as third-party dues.

Similarly, charges for the science courses were increased to N155,000, N125,000 and N148,000, respectively, for freshers, returning students, and final-year students.

This category of students was also to pay N38,500, N21,500 and N21,500, respectively, as third-party dues.

Before the adjustment, an average student paid N64,050 as a fresher, N52,050 in their final year, and N49,500 as a returnee.

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ATBU shuts campus amid protest over student’s death




The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) in Bauchi has been shut down following a protest by students.

Zailani Bappa, the head of the institution’s directorate of information, announced the development on Monday.

Bappa, who spoke at a news conference in Bauchi, said the school would be closed for one week.

He said the protest followed the alleged murder of one Joseph Baidu, a 500-level student of Geology, outside the campus on Saturday night.

“We are closing down the school because students decided to hold a demonstration while the police were still investigating the matter,” the director said.

“The murder took place outside the campus and the record we have revealed that the student lived outside the university campus, even though he is a final year student.

“The university security must report the issue to the police for proper investigation and this is exactly what happened; so, the police are currently investigating the issue.”

Bappa said the management regrets that the student agitation caused a disorder within the university community.

The director said the university is ready to address the acts of crime among students to guarantee a conducive learning environment.

“With the closure of the school, the students have been directed to vacate all campuses immediately. Any student found on any of the campuses will face the wrath of the law,” he added.

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