The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has threatened to sue the management of the University of Lagos if it fails to reverse the recent hike in tuition fees.
This was stated by the organisation on its X (previously Twitter) account on Wednesday, characterising the increase in tuition fees as unlawful.
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It, therefore, urged the school administration to reinstate the old fees.
“The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) must immediately reverse the unlawful increase in tuition fees for students, reportedly from N19,000 to over N190,000. We’ll see in court if the fees are not reversed within 48 hours,” the organisation said.
According to a report by Objectv Media, the institution increased its tuition from over N20,000 to over N100,000 depending on the field of study.
The increased tuition varies from N100,750 to N190,250 depending on whether the course of study necessitates studio or laboratory work or if the student is enrolled in a medical college.
Students and other civil society organisations were quite upset about this because they believed that the increase in tuition costs would make life more difficult for Nigerians, who are already struggling economically as a result of the Tinubu government’s elimination of the fuel subsidy.
Students and activists were also detained by the police, although they were later released.
Objectv Media also reported during one of the protests, members of the National Association of Nigerian and students fired at by police officers from the Lagos State Police Command.
The students of the school alongside activists have also staged protests against the hike.
Earlier on Wednesday, the police deployed personnel to the school, saying it was necessary to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
However, students claim that it aims to stop them from protesting the arbitrarily raised tuition costs.