Tuition reduction: Akeredolu deceiving voters —PDP; as governor defends action

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has declared its support for the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, stating that his performance across the state is impressive.

The student body led by its President, Comrade Danielson Bamidele commended the giant strides recorded across the various sectors of the state by the Akeredolu administration.

The leadership of NANS spoke on Wednesday evening during a courtesy visit to the Governor’s office , Alagbaka , Akure , the state capital.

The student body leadership led by its President has been in the state for three days, where they have embarked on inspection and monitoring of the Governor’s projects.

Speaking, the former Senate President of NANS, Olalekan Smart Edward said Governor Akeredolu’s projects are speaking for him within and outside the state.

He said:”Your projects are speaking for you. President Buhari has commendations for you. APC has commendations for you. Outsiders have commendations for you. And we agree that there must be consistency in development. Governor Akeredolu is doing well.”

In his remarks, the NANS President, Comrade Danielson Bamidele said the national delegation of the student body has been in the state for three days for inspection and monitoring of the Akeredolu administration projects, adding that the Governor has done creditably well.

He described the road projects executed by the Akeredolu administration as quality, stressing that that Governor has embarked on enduring projects.

The NANS President appreciated Governor Akeredolu for his interventions at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa (OAUSTECH) which he said, has turned the school around for good.

He equally appealed to the Governor to reconsider the tuition payable in the state owned institutions in the state.

Responding, Governor Akeredolu who said students are important to his administration, disclosed that he had instructed his team to find out the tuition payable in other state owned institution so as to know what step to take on the reduction of tuition in the state.

He said:”Students are important to us. It will take all of us to sit down to have this discussion about tuition. It’s not a discussion of the deaf. All of us will be hearing. A time when you go to Abuja and take N9 million as against when you go to Abuja now and get far less and you have to pay salary.

“Unlike somebody that decided not to pay for seven months. I met seven months salary arrears and I have paid six. So I prioritized the workers’ welfare. We shore up our IGR to spend more on infrastructure. I note what you have raised on this issue of fee.

“At my last meeting, I have said let me have where they are paying less than what we charge here. What we found out was that for those newly admitted, we still charge the lowest in tuition but for the second year and all, we have state owned institutions that charge lesser then us. And if not for this issue of Covid, we have decided to reduce it. We will reduce it.

“It’s not a matter for political gains. I know by the time we announce it they will turn it to political gains. We will make sure that by next week we make the announcement on the fee.

PDP BERATES AKEREDOLU

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state has accused of trying yo hoodwink voters by promising reduction in tuitions of tertiary institutions his administration increased three years ago.

In a press statement, Kennedy Peretei, State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, said, “AKEREDOLU’S PLEDGE TO REDUCE TUITION FEES LAUGHABLE AND RIDICULOUS: The pledge by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to reduce tuition fees in tertiary institutions is mere campaign to hoodwink the electorates ahead of the October Gubernatorial Election.

“Did he just realise that hundreds of students have dropped out of State owned tertiary institutions on account of increased fees?

“Did Akeredolu not say that the increment of fees parents were complaining about is not more than the cost of a pair of shoes?

“Making such a pledge now that elections are just around the corner is laughable and ridiculous. It is a calculated attempt to deceive the people who have outrightly rejected Akeredolu and the APC for anti-people policies and Programmes.

“There is no amount of deceit and fake promises that can save Akeredolu from defeat at the polls come October, 2020,” the PDP Spokesman said.

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