UNILAG fees: Why return to status quo is difficult — VC

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“Having said all these though, I want to assure that none of our students will drop out of school because of the current hike of obligatory fees,” Ogunsola said.

According to her, already, aside the palliatives roles out to cushion the effects of the hike, the university is in talks with prominent members of the society on the need for them to adopt a student for sponsorship in the institution.

She expressed delight at the level of response, noting that already, some persons had indicated interest in the initiative.

Ogunsola listed high electricity tariffs, running into over N1billion and cost for conducting examinations and verifying results as some of the concerns that gave rise to the review of the obligatory fees.

She said others include accreditation of courses as well as maintenance of key infrastructure in the university annually.

According to the vice chancellor, government on its part is also bearing a huge amount of costs in ensuring that these universities meet up with their mandate of teaching, research and community service.

She noted that the obligatory fees were arrived at after due consultations with critical stakeholders, as well as Council of the university, before its dissolution by the Federal Government.

According to the don, electricity and internet services are two critical components in running a university successfully.

Ogunsola expressed readiness to continually engage students and other key stakeholders of the university on matters that affect them and finding means of getting prompt solutions to them. (NAN)

Lawal AbdulSalam Olawale

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