Tension Rises In OAU Over Tuition Increment, Students’ Union Threatens Legal Action

From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo Universirty (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State southwest Nigeria have expressed dissatisfaction over the 320 percent increment in the tuition for fresh students by the authorities of the institution.

The students have however warned the management against the proposed increment saying it is a “killing decision” which would not hold water. The leadership of the Students’ Union Government then threatened to institute a legal action against the authorities should it insist on the increment.

The authorities of OAU had issued a document containing the proposed charges for freshers admitted into all the faculties on campus.
Humanities/Social Sciences charges were increased by 322 percent while Clinical Sciences and Pharmacy had 267 percent increase and Sciences have 253 percent increase.

The document also revealed that newly admitted students of the institution will be paying between N72, 400 and N84, 000 as against N17, 150 and N22, 150 previously paid in the university.

It was not ascertained if the management would be increasing the acceptance fee because it wasn’t contained in the document. Meanwhile, the institution currently charges N20, 000 as acceptance fee for newly admitted students.

The propose new charges further revealed that matriculation fees have been increased from N1,000 to N,4000; registration/online verification fee from N4,000 to N5,000; examination fees from N1,000 to N5,000; departmental registration/charges from N10,000 to N15,000 while students’ union levy/welfare was increased from N100 to N300.

Others are library services/visual library access from N500 to N1, 000; Medical Screening for exam from N2, 500 to N5,000; sports levy from N1,000 to N2,000; identity Card from N300 to N500 and brochure/handbook from N150 to N2,000.

Other newly introduced charges are municipal charges/utility for N25,000; caution fee (refundable), N5,000; information and communication technology development, N5,000; development levy/end fund, N25,000 and ICT training for N5,000.

To this end, the OAU community is awash with news of the increment as students have expressed displeasure over the new fees.

Rising from an emergency stakeholders’ meeting summoned by the leadership of the union which comprises of religious leaders, faculties’ presidents, departmental presidents, Association of Campus Journalists, executive members of the halls executive councils, members of the Students Representative Council and as well as the Central Executive Council held on campus on Friday, 9th May, 2014, and presided over by the President-elect Ibikunle Isaac, the students’ union threatened to sue the management should it enforce the increment.

The student body also called for the immediate inauguration of the elected leaders stressing that it must be conducted on or before Friday 16th May, 2014 to enable the elected officers carry out their duties officially.

Addressing students at their hostels on Saturday, the Student Union’s Public Relations Officers elect, Mr. Bamidele informed the students of the management’s readiness to force the new charges down the throat of freshers and satellites alike.

He told the students that the leadership of the students’ union would try negotiating with the management with the aim of disuading from the increasing the tuition.


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