The students of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Osun State, threaten to shut down campus activities over recent tuition fee increase.
Akinremi Ojo, the Student Union president expressed concern over the school’s management delay in addressing their grievances since announcing the new fee structure last week.
Ojo revealed that during the union’s recent congress, it was resolved that the fee hike should be reversed and have also directed banks within the school to suspend fee payments from OAU until the union officially contact them. Failure to comply could result in the closure of the bank branches in Ife and OAU campus.
He warned that if the university’s management did not reverse the fee increase, their plan to shut down campus activities could extend to other institutions nationwide. He refuted the claim that the hike was due to the federal government’s decision to stop funding universities, stating that OAU still ranked among the top funded universities in the country.
In response, the OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, advised the students to exercise their right to protest peacefully but within their limits. He emphasized the importance of upholding their matriculation oath and encouraged dialogue and negotiation with the university administration to address their concerns.
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