The University of Lagos’ administration declares that it is ready to collaborations and conversations with various stakeholders in order to strengthen initiatives targeted at easing the institution’s difficulties.
The institution has further advised community members to maintain their composure and carry on with their lawful activities as it remained steadfast in maintaining the maximum protection of lives and property on campus.
These are mentioned in a statement that Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, the institution’s head of the communication unit, gave to reporters on Thursday in Lagos.
The announcement comes a day after student fee protests shook the area around the institution, prompting the police to step in and restore order.
According to Alaga-Ibraheem, members of the university community, like all other legitimate students at the institution, continue to be given first priority in management decisions.
She said that the management would do all it took to defend their wellbeing and interests at all times.
The spokesman reaffirmed the management’s commitment to taking action to lessen any difficulties that students, parents, or guardians may be experiencing as a result of the institution’s recent increase in mandatory fees.
“As the university administration is committed to safeguarding the security and safety of people and property on campus, we urge members of the university community to maintain their composure and carry out their authorised activities.
Additionally, we want to reaffirm the university’s authorities’ commitment to taking steps to lessen any difficulties that students, parents, or guardians may be experiencing as a result of the most recent review of the University’s mandatory fees.
Payment by instalments is one of these strategies, which are continually being examined and improved. Instalment payments are now possible thanks to a reconfigured fee payment mechanism.
“This installment allows for three payments to be made before the end of the school year.
“Please click: https://unilag.edu.ng/?p=26015 for more information on the breakdown and procedure for the instalment payment option,” she instructed.
Speaking further about other strategies used by the university administration to ease the strain on parents in relation to the revised mandatory fees, she mentioned that the institution’s “Work-Study Programme” had been reinvigorated.
She claims that in order to accommodate higher pay, the student work-study programme has been reinvigorated. She adds that students who are interested in participating in the programme may contact the Dean of Student Affairs Division.
Additionally, we now offer scholarship possibilities. Through the office of the Dean, Student Affairs Division, students have access to a variety of funding possibilities, including the UNILAG Scholars Award for extremely bright students.
Additionally, we are putting in place a programme to help students who are in need of support.
The institution has expanded its aid programme for qualified poor students with the help of its donor partners.
“This plan includes giving poor students money, meal tickets, and uncooked food products. The Student Affairs Division’s Dean will have access to this. ‘Triple A Project’ is another option.
“Measures have been put in place for alumni and well-meaning Nigerians to adopt a student, under the Triple A, Adopt an Akokite project,” she said.
Alaga-Ibraheem also mentioned the ‘Pay for Mentors Project’ as one of the strategies planned to lessen the impact of the students’ revised mandatory fees.
She said that the institution has implemented the Pay for Mentors Project, which selects extraordinarily talented students to serve as mentors for others and then pays them appropriately for their work.
She claims that the institution has partnered with the Lagos Bus Rapid Transport System to make transport easier as part of the initiatives that have been implemented.
The Lagos government has given the administration of the institution permission to create an extra BRT route specifically for those travelling from the Berger Bus Stop axis of the state.
“In addition, the institution is in talks to integrate more routes including Oshodi and Iyana Ipaja.
It is important to underline that the university administration is open to collaborations and conversations with different stakeholders in order to support initiatives aimed at easing the institution’s issues.
“Please be aware that UNILAG officials connect with students and other members of the university community through a variety of venues in order to hear their concerns and resolve them swiftly as a group.
“Our students, who are presently on holiday, are especially encouraged to keep expressing their complaints to the Dean of Student Affairs, who is authorised to speak to students.
Alaga-Ibraheem said, “Please be reassured of the university’s commitment to preserve its purpose and attend to the welfare of its community.