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UNILAG Management Warns Students Against Proposed Protest

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Following the recent hike in fees of tertiary institutions which saw that an average UNILAG student be required to pay over N190,000 as against the previous fee of N19,000. The University of Lagos students have proposed a protest to take place on Wednesday, 6th September, 2023.

To prevent this, and any break of law and order that might result, the Dean of Student Affairs (DSA) of the institution issued a statement advising the students to desist from such intentions and avoid being used by people who aren’t well-meaning towards the university.

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The statement expressed in a notice put up by the DSA reads “ The management of the University of Lagos notes with concern the call for protest on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, over the review of obligatory charges by the university being planned by those who do not mean well for University of Lagos.
“We want to reiterate that the university is not against lawful and peaceful protests by students or any other law abiding citizens or group of people.

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“However, the management of University of Lagos will not be deterred to take the necessary legitimate steps to protect the lives and property of the institution by those masquerading as defender of students’ rights and interest in a bid to cause civil unrest.

“In light of the foregoing, we would like to advise our students as follows: That planned protest could easily be hijacked by unscrupulous elements, looking for opportunities to cause civil unrest and unleash terror on law-abiding citizens or those who want to score cheap political points.

“While the university would not allow convergence of any group of people at its campus and environs, a protest of this nature could be hijacked by miscreants, and may lead to looting and physical damage of the University property with its attendant consequences.

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“The protest could lead to the closure of the university and further elongate your stay/year in the university.
“In conjunction with our various security agencies events are being monitored as they unfold, and decisive actions would be taken to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of all staff and bonafide residents on campus.
“Do channel all grievances through the Dean, Student Affairs, who is officially empowered to interact with students.
“Do not allow yourself to be used as an instrument of destruction to your university or country.”

Mercy Johnson
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