Emerging reports have claimed that students of Oyo state-owned tertiary institutions, on Thursday, October 18, shut down the state capital and the governor’s office in protest against the continued closure of the schools and increase in tuition fee.
The secretariat’s gates were shut for about five hours against the protesting students who carried placards bearing various inscriptions as “Is this democracy or crazy demo? Reopen our schools, Constituted Authority”, “Constituted Authority, please save our schools”, “We are tired of staying at home”, “Education is a right and not a privilege” and “Save our future and re-open our schools; we are tired of staying at home”.
It was learnt that Staff of the OSCATECH and EACOED have been on strike for about four months, owing to issues of non-payment of salary arrears of 17 months, payment of fractional salaries from January 2016 till July 2018, inadequate subvention and poor funding by the state government.
Chairman of NANS, Oyo chapter, Morounkola Teslim, decried the dilly-dallying between the management of the schools and the state government over the impasse.
Teslim said: “A few days ago, we heard that the school fees of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, has been increased from N65,000 and 70,000 to N200,000 and N250,000.
“We believe that such exorbitant school fees will lead to students’ dropout. Flooding: Oguta residents count losses “If the governor fails to speak with us, we will leave and hope to hear from the government. If we don’t hear from government, we will reinforce and come back here in seven days.”
“We are here to show our displeasure to the society and to the Oyo state secretariat concerning two of our state-owned tertiary institutions which have been closed for the past four months, and LAUTECH whose tuition fees have been increased.
“Government claimed that the reason for the closure is subvention, but stated that it has increased subvention to 70 per cent, and that management should augment with 30 per cent for salaries of workers to be paid. But it is quite unfortunate that the management has been unable to supplement the subvention they were given.
“The situation is such that it is either government increases subvention to 100 per cent or prevails on management to do the needful.
How can we be kept at home for four months because the management and government are unable to find a way to pay lecturers?”
Meanwhile, we had reported that soldiers dispatched students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology who were protesting a hike in their fees in Ogbomoso.
The students shut down the institution’s main campus in Ogbomoso and medical school in Osogbo. Also, major roads in the communities were blocked by the irate students.
The students were protesting the latest increment in the tuition fees by the governing council. The protest reportedly disrupted vehicular movement and also grounded day to day activities in the school.