Fee Increase Sparks Confrontation Between OAU Students and Management

The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Wednesday, announced adjustments to the fees that students of the institution will be required to pay for the upcoming academic session.

According to a statement released on Wednesday by the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Abiodun Olarewaju, the decision was taken by the Senate at its emergency meeting held yesterday, Tuesday, September 12, 2023.

The statement said that new students in the Faculties of Arts, Law and Humanities will be required to pay N151, 200, while returning students in the same faculties will pay N89,200.

The statement reads, “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.

“In addition, the 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.

“The decision was taken by the Senate of the University at its emergency meeting on Tuesday, 12th September, 2023.

“The management, therefore, wishes the students resounding success in their academic programmes.

“The above adjustable fees are just for an academic session.”

According to sources, the management of the university has increased the tuition fees for returning students in some faculties. The students in the Faculties of Arts, Law and Humanities, who used to pay N23,000, will now pay N45,000. The students in the College of Health Sciences, who used to pay N31,000, will now pay N43,000.

The student union of the university has expressed its dissatisfaction with the hike and vowed to resist it. The union leaders, Abbas Ojo and Akinboni Opeyemi, said in a statement that they were not consulted or informed about the new fees and demanded an explanation from the management.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a proposed school fees change circulating. We are stating our displeasure with the management of Obafemi Awolowo University, as the Federal Government has debunked involvement in any form of increment in tuition fees.

“The leadership of the Student’s Union, privy to the incessant increment in other Federal Higher Institutions, has been working tirelessly to ensure Obafemi Awolowo University is kept out of the trending hike in fees.

“While the leadership of the union is dissatisfied with this inimical increment, we want to use this medium to address our union members and urge them to remain calm, as all hands are on deck.

” We are going to exhaust all reasonable options that will be soothing to the common student that we all are. We will reach out to the necessary quarters on how to rectify this, bring back normalcy, and what can be generally accepted,” the statement read.

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