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By: Ade Adeleke
Following protest by students for the last two days, the Ondo State government has denied speculation making the rounds that it has again increased tuition in all the state-owned tertiary institutions especially AAUA and OSUSTECH.
The government said it has not discussed the issue of fee increment or planned to raise the tuition payable by all the tertiary institutions.
The managements had last academic session increased tuitions of the two universities years by 200% but the state government later reduced the school fees to the current amount.
However speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Akure by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, asked students of the schools to disregard the rumour of another tuition hike.
The Commissioner said the protesters are not students of any of the state institutions but professional “Student leaders” who are only sponsored by desperate politicians.
The government enjoined the students to face their studies rather than being misled by rumour mongers who are only out to discredit the state government.
The management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, and that of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipipa, have buttressed the state government’s position on the fee hike.
A statement by the Acting Registrar of Adekunle Ajasin University, Mr. Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, the management described the rumoured fee hike as wicked and malicious lies being peddled against the Institution by some unscrupulous elements.
The university said it had not raised the instruction’s fee to N250,000 per session, as being speculated.
The university said: “While we do not want to speculate on why they are toeing this path of lies and infamy, management wishes to state firmly and unequivocally that there is no new increase of school fees in AAUA; current school fees in AAUA range between N80,000 and N150,000; the students are allowed to pay twice i.e. between N40,000 and N75,000 per semester; the demand during the recent protest of students was for the university to allow those who have not paid their school fees to write tests/examinations while they pay their school fees later; parents and guardians are advised to ensure that their children and wards pay their school fees without delay, especially since they have the option of paying twice over two semesters.”
The university added that above figures were negotiated with relevant stakeholders, including the students and their parents, and finalized in April last year.
It said it was instructive to note that almost a session has passed since then and students have paid without any issue.
Also, a statement from the office of the Registrar of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology confirmed that the institution’s management has not increased the tuition.
The statement claimed that the normal fees being paid by students of the school still remained and that the management had not thought about it and was not considering increasing the institution’s tuition.
No Increase Of Fees In OSUSTECH
It has become necessary for the University Management to inform the general public about the true position of things on the issue of students’ protest and the purported story of increase in School fees. This is important in order to set the records straight and to correct any misrepresentations that may be fed to the public by vested interest.
OSUSTECH management has not increased Students School Fees and has no intention to do so at least this session. It should be noted that the current school fees regime being paid in OSUSTECH had been on since the beginning of 2017/2018 Academic Session.
Fees payable by the current 200 level non-indigene Engineering Students was #200,000 per session and for indigene Engineering Students #150,000 per session payable in two installments.
The non- Indigenes offering courses in Faculties of Agric and Science have been paying #150,000, while
indigenes were made to pay #100,000 per session and payable in two installments. These also cover the newly admitted students for 2018/2019 academic session also payable in two installments so as not to put pressure on parents.
The fees payable by 300level to 500level students still remain #70,000 per session both for indigenes and non-indigenes.
It should be noted however that at the inception of 2017/2018 academic session the above fees regime was part of the information provided for the public and interested/prospective students, so it can be
emphatically said that every student that accepted our admission agreed to pay the stipulated school fees.
This was also repeated at the beginning of 2018/2019 academic session and majority of the students that accepted our admission had completed paying the required fees. The University Management is therefore
surprised to see the University Students going into the streets to agitate for reduction in the fees payable in the institution.
It should be noted that no initial information was given to the University Management as to why they demonstrated on 29th April,2019 as well as the ongoing protest in Akure . Management learnt that it was because their colleagues at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko were demonstrating on the issue of School fees, that they too also decided to go on the streets.
All efforts to make them see reason and return to School had proved abortive and this is causing a lot of concern to the University Management.
The public should therefore take note that OSUSTECH has not increased and is not intending to increaseschool fees for this session.