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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR, BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU
Undoubtedly the COVID-19 pandemic has indeed caused a lot of hardship on the lives of Nigerians, especially residents of Lagos, Ogun, and FCT, bringing to their doorstep unplanned expenses and stagnation of business activities. This is unquestionably a sacrifice that has to be made to at least be amongst the living, and to ultimately flatten the curve.
Lagosians are looking forward to when the lockdown will be terminated to return to individuals’ respective businesses, but to recover from the economic consequences brought by this pandemic will certainly need TIME! Hence, my call on the State governments to allow for students payment of tuition fees in all public tertiary institutions be deferred to the second semester so as not to disenfranchise, cause withdrawal or rather in most cases compound the economic hardship experienced by households during and immediately after the lockdown.
For the records, the majority of the tertiary institutions were in their first semester preparing for mid-semester evaluation before the inevitable closure of schools making it obvious that the majority of students are yet to pay their tuition fees.
I want to appeal to Governor Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state to consider this appeal make official pronouncements about the postponement of tuition fees for tertiary institutions to the second semester.
In addition to this, the state can also facilitate the prompt payment of bursaries and scholarships to beneficiaries to make payments of the fees easier by the second semester, which I think will be appreciated, not only by students but also by the management of the tertiary institutions and parents.
It will be a disservice and ingratitude not to commend the efforts so far from the Federal Government and State Governments, especially Governor Olusola Sanwo-Olu on the effective management of the general outlook of this pandemic (health, economy, and security). Mr. Governor you have indeed written your name with Gold in the history of this great nation, and we and generations yet unborn shall forever appreciate you.
Igbega Eko Ajumose ni.
Long Live Lagos
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Lagos State University.