The leadership of the Obafemi Awolowo University Students’ Union (OAU-SU) has condemned the recent 300% hike in tuition fees by the university management.
In a statement made available to DAILY GIST, the union said the hike was “unjustifiable” and “insensitive” to the plight of students.
The statement, which was jointly signed by the union’s president, Ojo Akinremi, secretary, Akinboni Opeyemi, and Elijah Omisore.
The union said the hike would make it difficult for many students to afford their education.
DAILY GIST reported that the the university had in a release by its Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju announced hike in tuition fees of both freshers and stalites
According to Mr Abiodun, the decision was taken by the Senate of the University at its emergency meeting on Tuesday, 12th September, 2023.
He said “for those in the Faculties of Arts, Law and Humanities , the ‘freshers’ will pay N151, 200 while returning students of the same faculties will pay N89,200.
“For those in the Faculties of Technology and Science, the new students will pay N163, 200 and the returning students of the same faculties are to pay N101,200.”
He added that new students being admitted into the Faculties in the College of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Pharmacy are to pay N190, 200 ( new students) and N128, 200 (returning students) respectively.”
But the student union, in its communique released on Wednesday, called on the university management to “immediately reverse the hike,” the statement said. “We also urge students to resist any attempt to collect the increased fees.”
The union said it would be holding a series of protests and other activities to press home its demands.
The statement said the union would be holding a Twitter Space on Wednesday night to discuss the issue with students. The space would start at 9pm.
The union also said it would be calling a physical congress on Thursday to discuss the matter further.
The communique stated that, “There should be a total reversal of the approved increment by the school management. On no account should any student pay the proposed school charges even if the payment portal is activated.”
As at the time of filling this report, the university’s management has not yet commented on the students’ planned protest.
The decision to increase tuition for students may not be unconnected to economic hardships rocking the country which may significantly impact the operational costs of the university.
DAILY GIST recalls that University Of Lagos(UNILAG), University Of Ibadan(UI), University Of Jos(UNIJOS) among others had also announced increment of tuition fees for students, citing high cost of living caused by removal of fuel subsidy.
This development has continued to receive knocks from various stakeholders considering economic situation of the country. Members of NANS and other student have also taken to the streets to show thier grievances.
Amidst this, President Bola Tinubu denied directing the institutions from increasing their tuition fees, adding that university education remained free.