Tuition Fee Saga: AAUASU Issues 7-Day Ultimatum to Government

Gove. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

By: Adesola Ikulajolu

As the struggle over the purported tuition fee hike gets thicken, Ondo State government owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, has through its Students’ Union body issued a seven days ultimatum to the government to address the issue.

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This was made known in a statement released by the Union under the leadership of Comrade Ijanusi Olawale aka ‘Optimum’, saying that the government has shown no concern over the matter.

Recall that the visitor to the institution, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN said in his speech during the last convocation ceremony that the tuition fee would be reviewed upwardly.

All speculations in the delay of the students’ resumption are a pointer towards the proposed plan to increase the tuition fee, the union maintained.

The union in its statement noted that the students have been on break for about 80-days and nothing has been said concerning resumption.

“Today makes it 80-days that we have been made to sit at home since the 2016/2017 academic session ended.

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“It is quite pathetic and sardonic that the government has been quite undisturbed by this disheartening predicament.

“The government has been so unperturbed by the fact that we are wallowing and wasting away at home. We have wasted a whole semester at home doing nothing.”

The union also lamented the inability of the government and its appointed governing council to take a quick decision on the issue.

Recall that the Governor appointed the Governing Council of Ajasin Varsity to be chaired by Dr. Tunji Abayomi, a human right activist and son of the state.

While lamenting, the union through its statement cleared that the students can no longer keep mute but must take actions to get the needed attention.

“The hope of our 500L Law students going to Law School is now hanging in the wind.

“We are made to go through all these unpalatable rigours all because of the unfortunate indecisiveness of the government.

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“We have been silent enough. We will not allow the administration of the government to toy with our future. We have been pushed to the wall, and it is now highly sacrosanct, germane and imperative to take our destiny into our hands,” the union said.

The union, however, issued a 7-day ultimatum beginning on April 2, 2018. The ultimatum is for the government and the council to facilitate the process for the students to resume to school.

It says “On this note, we are strongly giving out a 7-working-day ultimatum to the government and also to the governing council of AAUA, to facilitate all necessary necessities to bring about the resumption of AAUA.This ultimatum countdown shall kick-start on Monday, April 2, 2018.”

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In an earlier release by the union, it stood its stand against the purported hike in fee, saying that the government should not embark on such move. It was made clear by the union that all they demanded is ‘No Increment’.

“Failure of the government and the governing council to do the needful will draw the wrath of the Nigerian students. As we will be left with no choice than to take to centre stage,” the union threatened.

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