The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has indefinitely postponed the scheduled resumption for the 2023/2024 academic session. This decision follows student protests on Monday alleging a recent increase in school fees.
FUTA denies the claim of a general fee hike, stating that tuition remains free for all students. The adjusted charges, according to the university, pertain to student-related services influenced by broader economic realities.
The statement issued by FUTA’s Director of Corporate Communication, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo, clarifies that the new charges mainly apply to “student-related services” like electricity, water, hostel maintenance, and consumables. The increased costs of goods and services in the economy necessitate cost adjustments for these services provided by the university.
Specific adjustments include medical examinations for new students, biometric ID cards, student health insurance, and the final yearbook.
FUTA assures students that it has established mechanisms to address concerns and build consensus on matters affecting them, including fees. These mechanisms are currently working towards a resolution.
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