LASU students hold peaceful protest against CBT and other additional fees

Lagos State University students protested peacefully on Monday against the institution’s adoption of the N10,000 Computer-Based Test (CBT), as well as forensic and counselling fees.

On Sunday, the students protested about the fees.

During Monday’s protest, students described the price as extortion.

They carried placards with phrases such as “Say No To 10k CBT Fee,” “Say No To Extortion,” “Why CBT Fee?” and “CBT Go Whine Us.”

The protest was led by LASU’s student union leader, Dolapo Tobun, and other union executives. Mr Tobun stated that the union was not informed about the fee.

He said LASU students only noticed the additional fee on their school portal.

“I led the peaceful protest because we wanted the management to address the issue today and explain the reason for the additional fee,” he said.

Mr. Tobun stated that following the protest, the union representatives met with the school administration, who agreed to remove the fee.

Samuel Kappo, Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor for Students’ Union Affairs (Tertiary Education), asked the students to return to class and obey the law.

Mr Kappo stated that the Lagos State government prioritises student welfare and academic success.

“After engaging with the students’ union and university management, the mandatory fee has been removed.

“The students staged a peaceful walk to the Senate building, expressing their concerns.

“I commend the students for their conduct during the peaceful protest and the university management for its considerate decision,” he said.

In response to the protest, the vice-chancellor, Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, stated that after meeting with the students, the university administration cancelled the fee.