By: David Fidelis
Uneasy calm pervaded Oba Adesida road the commercial nerve centre of Akure, the Ondo state capital in the early hours of Monday morning, as Students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba – Akoko, in collaboration with other students’body barricaded the ever busy double lane road, thereby disrupting commercial activities and preventing vehicular movements, as they denounced the recent hike in School fees annouced for the University.
The Students who took to the state capital chanting solidarity songs and carrying placards with various inscription such as School is now hell in Ondo State, Akeredolu is killing us; “Education is a right; Say no to increment in AAUA tuition fees; Education is not safe under Akeredolu”, among others, demanded that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu immediately reversed the increased in School fees.
Speaking with journalists, the AAUA Student’s Union President, Comrade Ijanusi Olawale ( aka, Optimum), said they want the governor to reverse his earlier decision, while noting that with the hike, most students will be left with no option but to drop out of school.
According to the SUG President, “base on the reality of fact staring us in the face, the Union proposed 30% increment for incoming students while the returning students should maintain the status quo of last fee paid”.
” We are ready to stay here for one year if the school fees is not affordable. You can see, we have mobilize students union bodies from all the tertiary institutions in the state in order to ensure that this struggle yield a success.
“You can see, students are already cooking on the road, we have enough food, this is to tell you that we mean the struggle.
Some students who spoke with Sunshine Daily Watch Reporter on the development, said they were shocked when they logged into the university portal and discovered the new fees for the next academic session which starts on Sunday, April 8, 2018
Other students who spoke with sunshine Daily Watch rejected what they called ‘obnoxious hike’ declaring that until the issue is resolved, no student should resume nor pay for any fee.
According to the students, many of them struggled to pay the old school fee of N26, 300 by installment and wondered how their parents will cope with the new increment. They appealed to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to direct the school management to revert to the old fees.
Some threatened to make Ondo state ungovernable for Akeredolu with his obnoxious increment in the institution school fees if not reversed.
However, during an interview with journalists, the chairman, AAUA Governing Council, Dr Tunji Abayomi said the university was facing financial crunch and if the tuition was not increased, it could lead to the collapse of the university in no distance time.
Dr Abayomi accompanied by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun, called on the students and parents to show understanding in order to move the school to greater heights.
Sunshine Daily Watch had last weekend reported that the management of the institution had announced an increment in school fees for old and new students for the 2017/2018 academic session with 250 per cent hike.
A breakdown of the new fees as obtained by Sunshine Daily Watch Reporter shows that new students are expected to pay N1, 000 faculty association dues and caution fee, N5,000 for matriculation fees, N10,000 for verification of certificate, N7,000 for examination, N80,000 for tuition, N10,000 for lab workshop/language/field trip and N5,000 for professional fees.
For old students, the new fees are N3, 000 for ID card, N10, 000 for result processing, N500 student union due, N1, 000 faculty association dues, N7,500 examination, N46,000 tuition and N5,000 professional fees.
The old fees were N4,000 tuition, N2,000 registration record, N1,500 examination, N1,000 library, N250 department levy, N1, 500 GST, N500 ID card, N750 sport, N1,000 health centre, N2,500 development levy, N2, 500 ICT levy, N1,500 e-learning facilities, N3,500 entrepreneur development, N200 student union dues, N2,000 lab workshop, N600 faculty association dues and N1, 000 for SIWES brining the total to N26, 300.