The National Association Of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Monday protested at the office of Gov Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State over the recent increase in tuition fees at Lagos State University (LASU).
The placard-carrying students in their hundreds, briefly disrupted activities around the governor`s office as they barricaded the entrance and demanded to see the governor.
Security details attached to the office, however, brought the situation under control as they were able to ward off the protesters.
Mr Ajibana Adeyemi, a representative of Lagos State chapter of NANS and one of the coordinators of the protest, told newsmen that the hike was arbitrary.
He said many intending students in the state would be denied the opportunity of acquiring university education as most parents could not afford the new fees.
“How can you increase LASU`s tuition fee from below N50,000 to about N250,000? This is unacceptable because it is an attempt by the government to stop children of low income earners from attending tertiary institutions,” he said.
He called for a reversal of the fees and those of other institutions in the state to broaden access to tertiary education and “ensure university education is not for the rich alone“.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Lagos State Government recently announced a new schedule of fees which would see students paying significantly higher fees.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Lateef Ibirogba had hinged the hike on the need to reposition the university and address its many problems