WONDERFUL!!! Ondo lawmakers disown Akeredolu on university fee hike

The Ondo State House of Assembly has declared that the
state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is acting alone on the
recent 500 per cent increase in tuition fees for the
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA).
This is even as the students of the institution thronged the
streets of Akure, the state capital, on Monday to protest the
hike by the state government.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information,
Fatai Olotu, who spoke on behalf of the assembly, told
journalists in Akure that the action of the state government
was at variance with the submissions made at the meeting
with the management of the institution.
He berated the school’s management for not being sincere
with information given to the leadership of the house at
the stakeholders meeting where the Pro-Chancellor said
everybody’s interest would be considered.
“The Ondo State House of Assembly will not be part of a
policy or decision that would bring untold hardship on the
people of the state,” he said.
The assembly called on the state government and the
management of AAUA to review the decision to hike the
school fees in the interest of the people and in keeping
with the tenets of democratic practice.
The house rejected the schedule of fees, arguing that it was
on the high side, considering the current economic
hardship prevailing across the country.
Students of the institution, however, took their grievances
to the streets on Monday and called on the state
government to reverse the increases.
The protesting students marched through the popular Oba
Adesida Road to Alagbaka in Akure, hampering the flow of
traffic through the city.
They wielded placards bearing various inscriptions and
chanted solidarity songs.
The students said the 500 per cent increase in their school
fees was unacceptable as their parents would not be able
to pay.
The students were also joined by their colleagues from
other institutions who were mobilised into the state to
show solidarity over the hike in the tuition fee.
They threatened dire consequences against the government
if it failed to reverse the increase.
The new schedule of fees shows an increase from N25,000
to between N120,000 and N200,000.
The President of the Student Union Government, Olawale
Ijanusi, said the protesting students were out to kick
against the “astronomic hike” in the tuition by the
government.
He described the new fees as outrageous and unacceptable
to the students.
“We have directed all our students not to pay the new fees
as the increment is too exorbitant to bear, and anyone who
pays does that on his own,” Mr. Ijanusi said.

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