According to the memo sent to the university community on June 23, 2021, it was stated that all regular undergraduate students during 2019/2020 academic session are expected to pay a reparation fee of #5000 for the property damaged at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and the University Health Centre on April 22 and April 23, 2021 during a students’ riot. It was also stated that the fee is also meant to serve as a deterrent to avoid future occurrence of such violent behaviour.
The students’ riot occurred following the death of a recent graduate of the institution, Asefon Nifemi Bernard. Nifemi was said to have died at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital due to the delayed response of the medical personnel at the hospital.
It was stated that all regular undergraduate students from 100-600 level during the 2019/2020 academic session are to pay the reparation fee “Senate at its emergency meeting of Tuesday, June 22, 2021 deliberated extensively on the report of the Investigation Panel on students’ riots of April 22 and 23, 2021 and decided that all regular undergraduate students from 100 to 600-Level during 2019/2020 academic session should pay a reparation fee of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000.00) only each as a result of destruction of property in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, University Health Centre and the University in general. The payment is also to serve as deterrent against future occurrence of such violent behaviour by LAUTECH students”
Bashir, a recent graduate stated that this act by the school is a ridiculously fraudulent practice. He said, “It’s a premeditated scheme covered in the guise of reparation. It is criminal and unacceptable, 30k students should not pay for the alleged action of less than 20 students”.
“It is crap! It’s understandable that they want to prevent such future occurrences but that is not the way to go about it. If the hospital was okay and had functioning technology,it wouldn’t take them one hour to fish out the culprits”, said Iqmah, a medical student.
Our correspondent reached out to the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Azeem Ige on the issue and he mentioned that there’s no going back as the students affected will have to pay the reparation fee. “The damage caused by the students has been affecting health delivery at the Teaching Hospital and the Health Centre, this reparation fee will be used to repair all the damaged properties. The riot was even uncalled for as the students actually acted on misinformation”, the DSA Stated.