The Ondo State House of Assembly has distanced itself from the recent tuition hike on state owned university, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), vowing not to support the upward review of fees by the state government.
Last week, students of AAUA were thrown into restless mood when a statement signed by the school’s Head of Public Relations, Mr Sola Imoru, announced an upward review of their tuition fees.
The new tuition regime, according to Imoru, put the fees of fresh students in the Faculties of Arts and Education at N150,000 while the returning students are to pay N120,000.
For the Faculties of Science, Agriculture, Social and Management Sciences, he disclosed that fresh students are to pay N180,000 just as returning students are to pay N150,000.
The statement also revealed that fresh students in the Faculty of Law are to pay N200,000 while returning students are to pay N180,000.
Before the current increase, students of the institution were paying between N25,000 and N35,000 per session.
But giving its position on the tuition increase when students of the institution protested to the Assembly complex on Monday, the legislature said it was not consulted before the governing council took the decision.
Addressing journalists on the development, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Mr. Fatal Olotu, noted that the action of the AAUA Governing Council negated the agreement reached that all critical stakeholders particularly the assembly should be carried along before any increment is announced.
Olotu who urged for calm, however, assured that the decision taken by the institution council would be revisited.
“As representatives of the people, we dissociate the House from the proposed fee announced by the governing council because what was done was contrary to the agreement we reached,” Olotu conveyed the resolution of the Ondo legislative chamber.
“We are urging all parents and students to remain calm as steps are being taken to ensure that fees to be paid are agreed upon by relevant stakeholders.”
Before the assembly promised to look into the issue, the student union body led by Olawale Ijatuyi, had vowed to resist the increment, instructing that no students must pay any money or register until a directive is given by the students body.
But opposed to AAUA students protest, students of the Ondo State owned University of Science and Technology (OSUTECH), Okitipupa, said the hues of the colleagues on their tuition hike is needless, pointing out that all tertiary institutions in the state have been paying high fees for years.
The spokesperson for OSUSTECH students, lfeoluwa Philips, while speaking with journalists in Akure, said that if the tuition of AAUA was reversed “our own tuition at OSUSTECH would have to be reduced to between N23,000 and N37,000 per session as well. What is sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander.”