- Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has been called upon to reverse recent increase in the tuition fees in state-owned institutions
- The call was made to the governor by the National Association of Nigerian Students
- The students' body said that the recent increase in tuition fees was alarming and beyond normal
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has passionately appealed to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state to reverse recent increase in the tuition fees in state-owned institutions in the state.
NANS national public relations officer, Bestman Okereafor, said in a statement on Thursday, April 12, in Enugu that the recent increase in tuition fees was alarming and beyond normal situation, adding that the development would be inimical to educational development of the state, if not reversed, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Okereafor said that students had been paying between N25,000 and N30,000 but noted that the fees had been increased to N120,000 and N180,000 respectively in state-owned institutions.
He said: “We are calling on Governor Akeredolu to as a matter of urgency reverse the anti-students’ policies both in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba and other state-owned institutions as soon as possible."
He stressed that otherwise; the national secretariat of NANS would be moved to Akure the state capital.
Okereafor added: “Unarguably, many female students may be lured into prostitution while the male students may be lured into cultism and armed robbery due to the inability of their parents to pay the proposed tuition fee."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, increased students' school fees for 2017/2018 session by over 500 percent.
This, according to observers, is a way of fashioning the fees in the mold of Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, where students are made to pay an average of N180,000 per session.
The fees was increased from N25,000 to N120,000 for some students while some departments have been billed to pay N150,000 above. The returning students of Education Management are expected to pay N120,000 while the freshmen will be paying N150,000.
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