The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned what it described as the “commercialization of education” in Ondo State-owned tertiary institutions by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, stating that the hike in school fees was too high.
The student group also declared that the fees must be returned back to the initial amount, as it promised to resist any form of intimidation or threat against any tertiary institution student in the state.
The position of NANS was communicated in a press statement made available to newsmen on Thursday by its National President, Danielson Akpan.
The students’ group said: “We condemn in totality the management of the state-owned institutions, which joined the Governor in the inglorious journey, especially the Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, that two weeks ago implemented the policy of no school fees, no test/examination, which led to the closure of the institution following the students’ vehement resistance to the hike in their school fees.
“How can we explain that a supposed progressive government increased arbitrarily the school fees of Adekunle Ajasin University from N33,000 to N150,000, while that of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, was increased from N63,000 to N108,000, and the students of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology are to pay N200,000 instead of N70,000 they were paying before Governor Akeredolu assumed office?”
Akpan stressed that previous administration before Governor Akeredolu made education affordable for everyone in the state, noting that the Governor must jettison the idea of school fees hike and return back to the previous amount paid.
“Without any dubiety, before his emergence as the Governor of Ondo State, education since 1999 under the late Governor Adebayo Adefarati; the late Dr. Olusegun Agagu; and Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was free from primary to secondary level,” he said.
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