University Of Lagos Officials Announce Reversal Of Student Fees Amid Continued Protests
By SaharaReporters, New York
The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has immediately pronounced a reversal of the hiked fees for course registration, and other charges, described as “obnoxious” by the protesting students this Friday morning.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic & Research, Prof. Babajide Alo, who addressed the students as they occupied the senate building, also directed that the imposition of various charges on students to register separately for General Studies (GST) courses, be immediately reversed.
Nigeria is currently embroiled in a diplomatic stand-off with Brazil over an incidence that occurred at the University of Lagos. Female students from Brazil who are part of a one year exchange programme at the university, refused to stay in the hostel accommodations provided for them on campus even after school authorities provided generating sets for the rooms, installed air-conditioner units, and equipped the rooms with water purifiers, DSTV, internet access and working telephone lines.
The foreign students turned down the rooms and asked instead for accommodation in any of the reputable five star Hotels in Lagos. The Nigerian programme coordinator refused, telling them that their Nigerian counterparts in Brazil had settled down into the student accommodations provided for them in Brazil so there was no reason the Brazilians shouldn’t stay in Moremi Hall in Unilag. Unbeknown to authorities, the foreign students contacted their Embassy claiming that they were in fear for their lives and this led to Interpol agents being called in to ‘rescue’ the Brazilians from Unilag.
This has now resulted in a tense exchange of words between officials of the two countries but the Brazilians are unrelenting in their decision to remove their citizens from University of Lagos and from the exchange programme. Speaking from the Brazilian embassy in Lagos, one of the rescued girls explained why she and her fellow exchange students were afraid for their lives. According to her, during their induction, when they first arrived in Unilag, they noticed that a lot of Nigerian girls had Brazilian hair on their heads.
This did not alarm them and they even found it amusing when they learnt that women were willing to pay as much as $2000 for the hair of their compatriots.
What gave them concern however, was when they learnt that Nigerians are fond of using black magic to remove such intimate body parts as sex organs from their fellow Nigerians - for the sake of money. And to make matters worse, when they started mixing with their hosts, they noticed that more than a few Nigerian female students demonstrated 'more than casual’ interest in their hair. At this point they really became afraid.
They reasoned that if Nigerians can steal each other’s sex organs and if Brazilian hair is an expensive and highly sort after commodity, then sleeping in a Nigerian female hostel can only be asking for trouble. As of the time of going to press, efforts were being made by school authorities to allay the fears of the Brazilian students and to avert what could become a major international incidence.
Measures being considered by the University VC include banning the fixing of human hair or asking residents of Moremi Hall to sign an undertaking that they will not employ any tactics, physical or spiritual, to harvest the hairs of their Brazilian guests.
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Around the world, women only represent 30% of researchers, but these four women are making a name for themselves and encouraging more girls to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM fields), particularly in Africa. They all participated in a program called AIMS—the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences—that recruits students from across the continent to participate in a postgrad program taught by international professors. AIMS is building mathematical momentum so the next Einstein might very well be from Africa, and she’ll be a brilliant woman.
1. As a lecturer at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, Chika Yinka-Banjo inspires students to study computer science. Her research is focused on artificial intelligence and robotics. She’s helping develop a model that will guide robots in the pre-safety inspections of underground mines to prevent mine disasters.”
University Of Lagos Campus Shut Down By Students Protesting Tuition Hike
Students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have blocked entrances to the school this morning, preventing vehicular movements in or outside of the campus in protest against tuition fee hike.
The students are protesting against the sudden imposition of course registration fee.
The protesting students claimed the management shut the school portal against registration and began demanding for N10,000, which again increased to N15,000 and N20,000 progressively in the last few days.
A student in Nigeria is claiming he can prove gay marriage is wrong through science - and his scientific “breakthrough” is backed by his university. Chibuihem Amalaha, who has won awards in his country for reporting on energy science and featured on various national television stations, says he used a magnet experiment to prove homosexuality is “improper”.
WHO has commended the Nigerian Government for its strong leadership
and effective coordination of the response that included the rapid
establishment of an Emergency Operations Centre headed by Dr. Faisal
Shuaib, an advisor to the Minister for Health, who was at the centre of
the country’s efforts to eradicate polio.
Dr. Shuaib said: “The Government’s quick action and deployment of the
necessary resources was key to averting a disaster. The circumstances
were hugely challenging but we hit the ground running and there was good
collaboration across all sectors involved. We were also fortunate in
that Nigeria has a first rate virology laboratory affiliated with the
Lagos University Teaching Hospital.”
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