By Monsur Olowoopejo
Students leaders in the South-West of the country, yesterday claimed students who participated in the agitation against increase in Lagos State University, LASU tuition fees were being victimized by the institution management.
Under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, South West, they alleged this while presenting certificate of commendation to Fashola at the State House, Alausa, Secretariat, Ikeja.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State at the 19th convocation of the institution, announced the reversal of the tuition fees of LASU to the old charges, making student of the school to pay N25, 000.00.
Speaking, NANS chairman, Lagos State, Mr. Yakub Eletu, alleged “Some of the students have been asked to face the senate while some are being denied the opportunity to go for their National Youth Service Corps, NYSC because they protested over the increase in school fees. In order to deny students the opportunity to serve their fatherland, Eletu said that the school management withheld their call up letters sent from NYSC headquarters, Abuja.
Vanguard gathered that some of the alleged victimized students are Mr. Yemi Cole and Mr. Ogungbe Maruf.
According to the NANS Chairman “We want the governor to prevail on the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Obafunwa to sheath his sword and allow the student who wants to go for NYSC to do so and others not to face any panel. Since the fee has been reduced by the governor, there is no need for the school management to victimize anyone.”
The students leaders also appealed to Fashola to prevail on his Ogun state counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to re-open the Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye and to revert the tuition of the institution.
Responding, Fashola urged students leaders in the country to brace up for future leadership roles in the country, saying they should “use student unionism as a platform and opportunity to prepare themselves for future leadership that earnestly awaits them.”
The governor argued that actions and inactions as student leaders would define their perception of leadership both now and in the near future.