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……protest grounds activities in Akure
By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Vehicular movement and commercial activities were paralyzed for hours in Akure metropolis on Tuesday following a protest staged by students from tertiary institutions in Ondo state to press for the reduction of their school fees and reopening of their institutions shut down recently.
The students whose majority were from Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, (AAUA) and Ondo State University of Science and Technology, (OSUSTECH) Okitipupa took over the ever busy popular Oba Adesida/Ojo-Oba road in Akure, the state capital for several hours.
The two institutions had been shut since April following series of protest on campus by the students.
Vehicular movement and commercial activities were paralyzed for hours in Akure metropolis during Tuesday’s protest.
It was observed that some of the students were seen playing football along the road, while others sings solidarity songs, asking Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to resign from office if he could not manage the state by reducing their high tuitions.
The students carried different placards with inscription such as; ‘ No Reduction, No Resumption’ ; ‘Akeredolu Reduce or Resign’ ; Education Must Be Free’ ; “Say No To N250,000”.
“Let him Resign if he can’t reduce the school fees, it means, he can’t manage the state”.
Speaking with newsmen during the protest, Samuel Adesomoju, the students union president of AAUA said the protest would continue until Akeredolu reduce the fees.
Adesomoju maintained that the current fees of N250,000 which was increased last year has not brought any infrastructural development to institutions in the state.
“We are here this morning to make our demand known once again.
” We are telling Governor Akeredolu that our school fees must be reduced now because we will there no be resumption if the fees are not reduced”.
“It is our right to have education but the governor is gradually taking it away from us with his policies. If the governor wants to generate revenue, he should look elsewhere not our Schools”.
“We are sending him a clear message today that,we will not leave this road until he reduce the fees and he should not have in mind to open the schools without reduction. We are going to resist it”.
“You can see we are here but not the governor’s office because he(Akeredolu) has said he will flush us out if we dare protest.”
Also speaking, a former NANS JCC chairman, Kowe Odunayo berated the governor for the increased in school fees, adding that they would resist all means by the government to commercialized education in the State.
His words: “Education is our right and we are here fighting for it. We want to put it to Governor Akeredolu that if he does not reduce the fees, there will not b reduction, he should know that”.
“We read during his time in the university, if their chicken was not enough, they fought for chicken not school fees. Unfortunately,these set of people who enjoyed those things then cannot provide education.”
Addressing the protesting students in his palace, the Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo commended the students for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner during the protest.
The Deji said education is their right and must be made affordable to everyone in the society no matter the financial situations in the country.
The monarch who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Prince Toyin Aladetoyinbo assured the students that he would take their grievances to the governor towards reducing the school fees.