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UNILAG students begin fee hike protest

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The Lagos State Police Command has urged the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, to inform the command of its protest plans slated for today, September 6, 2023, at the University of Lagos.

NANS had warned the Department of State Services not to prevent students from exercising their rights to protest, saying it is a universally recognised human right, after the statement made by DSS that some students were mobilised for violent protest by politicians.

The National Public Relations Officer of the union, Giwa Temitope, called the statement made by DSS propaganda, adding that the protest would go on as planned.

A group, Student Solidarity Group Against Fee Hike, last week revealed that it would protest against the fee hike at the University of Lagos on September 6, 2023.

One of the leaders of the group, Femi Adeyeye, told The PUNCH on Tuesday that the protests would go on as planned. “We’re all set, students are ready,” Adeyeye said.

NANS in a statement backing the protest, said it would also storm UNILAG for the protest, urging the DSS not to infringe on the rights of students.

Giwa said, “It is quite embarrassing that the DSS has derailed to become the propaganda arm of the Federal Government, thereby, raising false alarms and even interfering in affairs that do not in any way relate to their line of profession.

“As an association, we maintain that we are not satisfied with how the Nigerian society is being run, most especially, as regards arbitrary fee increment across our tertiary institutions.

“Students are therefore enjoined to come out en masse and join the protest for the immediate reversal of fee at the University of Lagos.”

The UNILAG management in July 2023, increased fees citing “prevailing economic realities” as a reason for the hike.

But the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, when contacted, said the protest is a fundamental human right and the command is only asking the students to inform the police for measures to be put in place.

The PPRO said, “The police do not give permission to protesters. It’s their inalienable right. They are only advised to inform the police so that adequate measures can be put in place.”

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