… No Decision Has Been Taken On Tuition Fee -Management
By: Adesola Ikulajolu (Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko)
The Student Union body of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko has appealed against the purported plan by the state government to increase tuition fee.
This was contained in a statement released by the Union President, Comrade Ijanusi Olawale, aka ‘Optimum’ through his Chief Press Secretary, Dada Bamidele.
Recall that the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, said during the last Convocation Ceremony that tuition fee payable in AAUA would be reviewed upwardly.
This has caused various reactions from the students and its leaders.
Comrade Ijanusi noted that though there is no circular pertaining to the development the Governor should consider certain factors before implementing.
He said, “As at today, there is no circular or information pertaining to this development, nevertheless, the students union is using this opportunity to appeal to our amiable governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) to consider some factors before the implementation of this speculation.”
The Union President said that the low tuition fee in Ajasin Varsity has attracted and given privilege to lots of students to study and graduate from the school.
Comrade Ijanusi added that the plan to increase the fee is becoming more intense and may end the dreams of many students if implemented.
He added that some students still find it difficult to pay the current fee due to the economic challenge in the country.
“The hopes and dreams of the over 15,000 students on campus may eventually come to a stop as it has been becoming more intense that our tuition fee will be increased.
“Many of these students are struggling alongside their parents to pay even the current fee as we all understand that the state of the Nigerian economy has really depleted the cost of running a functional and efficient government.”
Comrade Ijanusi maintained that “as much as an increment to tuition fee will improve the sustainability of the University and also enable the institution to continue their good projects in developing into a 21st-century university properly called, note that any increment will pose a great hardship to the students and parents.”
While calling on the school management to open the portal for students to pay their fees for the new session, the Union President appealed to the visitor and Governor of Ondo State “to show his fatherly love to the over 15,000 students and maintain the benchmark payment as the parents cannot afford any increment in this turbulent time in which salaries haven’t been increased to combat any.”
Meanwhile, the school management has reacted to a false and misleading school fees regime being circulated on some social media platforms.
The management in a statement through its Head of Information and Protocol Unit, Mr. Sola Imoru, said that the circulating piece did not emanate from the institution.
Part of the statement reads: “The patently false piece purports to list school and other miscellaneous fees to be paid by new and returning students of Adekunle Ajasin University.
” The piece could neither have emanated from nor even concern our Institution as several courses not offered by Adekunle Ajasin University such as Nursing, Physiology, Medicine, Laboratory Science, and Engineering are listed in the fake and fraudulent piece.”
He revealed that the management has not taken any decision on the review of tuition fee.
“Management wishes to emphatically state that no decision has been taken on the review of the fees payable by students,” Imoru said in the statement.
The statement continued: “The University has its own official channels of giving out information to its stakeholders and the general public, including the University website. Such information would be properly signed by a designated officer of the Institution.
“Parents and students are implored to disregard this misleading information as it was evidently concocted by mischief makers to discredit the University and cause disaffection between it and its stakeholders.”