The Lagos state government has refunded N209m to students of the Lagos state University following the reversal of school fees by Lagos State University, LASU.
“We have assured the students that the money is going to be refunded and we have also asked them to provide their account numbers and other necessary details while we are still pursuing the process. Some students have already received alerts since Monday for the first tranche. Once we receive the second tranche, everybody will be refunded,” Obafunwa stressed.
At a ceremony held at the Main auditorium of the Ojo campus of the school yesterday February 26th, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Fatai Olukoga who represented Gov. Fashola, said this was the first phase in the refund exercise. He said the second phase of refund which is about N89 million will take place soon.
The management of the school and the students had witnessed many months of protest following a hike in school fees until Governor Fashola intervened in September 2014 and ordered that the school fees be reversed.
AS a result of this Lagos State University (LASU) on Thursday refunded a total of N209 million in fulfillment of the promise made by Governor Babatunde Fashola to refund part of students’ fees.
The first tranche of the money which was paid into the institution’s account on February 20, was given to 100 and 200 level direct entry students for 2013/2014 academic session.
Speaking at the cheque presentation ceremony, Fashola who was represented by his Special Assistant on Education, Chief Fatai Olukoga, said the management of the university had reported a shortfall in the computed excess money to be refunded particularly to those in the 200 and 400 level direct entry.
According to him, “the reconciliation of figures not captured earlier is progressing and I want to assure the affected students that the funds will be released immediately the reconciliation exercise is over.”
He said the government was committed to ensuring the continued infrastructural growth and development of the institution regardless of the abysmal low fees.
“We are not unaware of comments from some critical stakeholders that we have made a mockery of university education in the country through the low school fees. We are also not unaware of the moves by the same stakeholders to frustrate our efforts at ensuring the quality of LASU programmes. Notwithstanding the frustration, we are relentlessly committed to making LASU a world class university of our time,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Obafunwa, said the process of the refund had to go through various ministries before it could be approved, adding that the second tranche of the payment would be made in the next two weeks.