Students, parents and residents yesterday kicked against the new school fee regimes announced by the Ondo State-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA). This came ahead of today’s resumption of the institution.
The students, under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said they would not pay the new fees. Also, parents and other stakeholders rejected the new fees, which they described as outrageous.
One of them, Mr. Kehinde Aloba, said the administration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu did not consider parents’ economic conditions before fixing the new fees. Aloba urged government to look into the matter and come out with affordable amount.
He said: “This is too much for us to pay. I have two children in the school and I am a petty trader, how does the school want me to cope? This is also against the agreement we had at the stakeholders’ meeting with the management of the school last week.
They promised us that the new fees would be affordable but this is not affordable. The governor should look into it.” Another parent, Chief Matthew Ojo, said some students might be denied university education in the state if the government insisted on the new fees, saying it was outrageous.
He said: “This government should understand that the economic crisis is biting harder on the people. We are not saying they should not increase the fees but from N30,000 to N150,000, N200, 000 is too much. Something has to be done about it.
” Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Grassroots Mobilisers advised Akeredolu to govern the state with human face. The PDP group in a statement signed by Kunle Ajibogun and Femi Ogunleye said the news coming from the state had not been pleasant in the past few days. Ajibogun said: “We notice that pleasant news has not been coming from Ondo State in the past couple of months.
We, therefore, feel that continued silence in the face of the degeneration that has been witnessed by the state since Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu mounted the saddle of leadership is a disservice to our dear state.
“Pregnant women, with their protruding stomachs, had to protest last week before forcing the state government to reverse the outrageous hike in the cost of medical services in the state.
“The state government also last week came out with its decision to increase tuition in the stateowned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, by between 500 and 800 per cents.
“The government had earlier stopped payment of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) fee for senior secondary school students. Free education has also been cancelled at the secondary school level.
“Another unpleasant piece of information reaching us is that the government has concluded plans to increase Land Use Charges in the state.” Similarly, the Joint Campus Committee (JAC) of NANS in a statement signed by Adewumi Adebowale kicked against the increase in the school fees. In their statement, the students, said: “As we all know, the new school fees regime has been announced.
It is in total disregard to our long agitations and a shocking alliance of our state government and the school management to pile more hardship on indigent Nigerian students. “In lieu of the above, AAUA students are strongly advised not to go ahead with any payment. “In furtherance to our agitation, all students should kindly boycott April 9th, 2018 resumption date as our agitations continue.