Following a five-hour meeting with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has decided to reduce its recently introduced mandatory fees.
Previously, the university had raised fees from N26,000 and approximately N76,000 to a range of N120,750 to N240,250, depending on the course of study and admission year. In response, students protested and disrupted campus activities.
However, UNILAG’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, reassured that no students would be forced to drop out due to the fee increase and, after discussions with student leaders, decided to reduce the fees.
During the meeting with NANS President Usman Barambu, the university announced a reduction in obligatory, utility, and convocation fees.
Utility charges for all students decreased to N15,000 from N20,000, and convocation fees for final-year students were lowered to N27,000 from N30,000.
The obligatory fees for new undergraduates were adjusted to N116,325 (courses without lab/studio) and N166,325 (courses with lab/studio), while returning undergraduates’ fees were set at N80,750 (courses without lab/studio), N120,250 (courses with lab/studio), and N170,250 (medical/pharmacy and health professions students).
Hostel fees were also reduced: N43,000 for undergraduate hostels in Akoka and Yaba campuses, N65,000 for Idi-Araba campus, and N135,000 for Sodeinde Hall.