Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has slashed the tuition fees to be paid by the pioneer students of the two newly established Universities; Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) Ijanikin/ Epe and Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH) Ikorodu, by 65 per cent.
The management of the two new universities; LASUED and LASUSTECH had proposed a tuition fee of N195,000 for their pioneer students billed to resume for this new academic session before Sanwo -Olu subsidized and slashed it to N68,000.
The governor was said to have considered the present state of the nation’s economy and its impact on parents before arriving at that decision.
The news about the reduction was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday and personally signed by the Special Adviser to the governor on Education Tokunbo Wahab.
Wahab in the statement stated that governor Sanwo-Olu said his administration would not only continue to give necessary support to the two universities but would work towards making them one of the best in the country.
While commending the governor for the kind gesture, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Abdul Semiu Orimadegun Kasali noted that the reduction in the proposed tuition by the governor was a big relief as more and more parents from the State would be able to send their children to universities to acquire University Education.
The monarch who described the establishment of the two additional state universities for the state as a blessing, commended governor Sanwo-Olu and his team for bringing a lot of reforms to the state’s education sector, adding that the state government’s continued support and funding of the state-owned institutions have helped them to excel in all fronts.
He thanked the state government for assisting students from humble background to meet their university aspirations, adding that the reduction would promote the growth of varsity education in the state.
Also speaking, the Secretary of Ijede Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Semiu Olakunle Olambiwonu urged parents to take full advantage of the government’s gesture to send their children to either of the Universities to acquire more knowledge.
He noted that history would be kind to the Sanwo-Olu administration on various reforms embarked upon to reposition the State education to its present status.
In his reaction, the President of the defunct Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Okeychukwu David, a 300-level student of Mathematics and Economics in the institution expressed happiness about the development and said students in the university were delighted about it.