Tuition Hike: AAUA Students’ Protest Enter Day Two

Students of Adekunle Ajasin University, in Akungba-Akoko during their protest in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Monday, April 9.

 

The students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, in Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State on Tuesday continued to protest over an increase in their school fees.

The protest began on Monday, April 9 when the aggrieved students trooped to the streets of Akure, the state capital in protest.

Roads were blocked by the students as motorists were forced to pass through other routes to their destinations.

The Governing Council of the University had earlier announced the hike in the fees payable by the students from about N35,000 to as high as between N120,000 and  N200,000 per session.

In his reaction, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the university, Tunji Abayomi blamed the increase on the poor financial status of the university. He saying the university had not received subvention for seven months in 2016.

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“This is a University that received no penny for subvention in the past seven months. During that time all the money that the institution saved for research and innovation were used up,” Abayomi said.

The students on Tuesday, however, insisted that the university remains shut down and will not resume until the government reverse its decision.

Meanwhile, members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have dissociated themselves from the new tuition announced by the Governing Council of the state-owned institution.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Fatai Olotu told journalists that the announcement negates the earlier agreement the council reached with the House of Assembly.

Olotu noted that members of the House were not adequately carried along on the issue by the university’s governing council.

The lawmaker maintained that the new tuition announced have to be revisited in the interest of the people of the state.

He appealed to the students to be calm as the State Assembly is on top of the situation and will be meeting with the authorities to resolve the situation.

UI Mgt Refuses To Reduce Fees Despite Student’s Protest

UI medical students during the protest.

 

Amidst protest by medical students of the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, the University management has insisted that there is no going back on the fees increase.

Ahead of the new session that begins next week, the institution’s Senate had on Wednesday, April 4 approved that management increase the fees for hostel accommodation, practicals and field work for appropriate faculties.

This decision did not go well with the students especially those at the College of Medicine who on Monday, April 9, led a protest for the school to rescind its decision.

 

In his reaction, the Vice-chancellor of the institution, Professor Idowu Olayinka told Channels Television that the new fees are a good compromise blaming the increase on the amount of rot that has to be fixed in the hostels across campus.

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“As we speak we have 8,222 bed-spaces and the student population is about 27,000. So we can only accommodate about 30 percent of the students. We have even exceeded the carrying capacity of those students. A room originally designed for two students, now we put five of them there,” he said.

Olayinka added that all the faculties involved in the increase had sensitised the students before the decision of the management was announced. According to him, the school management has not increased accomodation fees for the past 11 years.

“The facilities are overstretched and we felt the condition under which the students live requires a lot of improvement. For a very long time, students were paying N90 per beds pace. That continued in the 70’s till 2001 when the University decided to increase the cost of bed-space from N90 to N3,500. In 2005, we increased from N3,500 to N10,000. In 2007, we increased again from N10,000 to N14,000.

“This is what we have been operating with. For the past 11year,s we have not tampered with the cost of bedspace in any of our undergraduates halls of residence,” he added.

The medical students during their protest on Monday, however, described the increase as an astronomical. They said the amount paid by both pre-clinical and clinical students at the College of Medicine would adversely affect their programme.

UI Shuts Down After Students Protest

DegreesThe management of the University of Ibadan on Monday shut down the institution, following a directive that all students should vacate the campus on or before 6:00 pm.

The students had earlier taken to the streets of Ibadan in a protest over alleged insensitivity on the part of the university management.

The management said the closure, therefore, became necessary in order to avert a crisis.

Ogun Students Protest Against ‘Outrageous Fees’

Ogun Students Protest Against 'Outrageous Fees'Students of the Ogun state-owned Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun have staged a peaceful protest against what they termed outrageous fees being paid by students of the institution.

The protesting students in their hundreds stormed Abeokuta, the state capital, saying that the lofty ideas of the institution’s founding fathers are under serious threat with the alleged high-handedness of the management of the institution.

The students opposed increase in acceptance fee of new intakes from N30,000 to N40,000; final clearance fee for graduating students from N25, 000 to N45,000; increase in vocational studies fees from N1,000 to N25,000; payment of N10,200 as Student Tax; N7,500 as payment for replacement of lost final clearance and N1,500 fee for any reprint of school fees receipt.

In a letter of protest addressed to the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, the students identified victimization of students’ activists, inadequate learning facilities, under-funding of the school by the state government, inadequate learning facilities as some of the challenges confronting the school.

The letter reads partly, “Education is supposed to be the leading social responsibility of the government. It is supposed to be seen as the major way of giving back to the society, but has turned to source of income and revenue for some people. Education is totally commercialized in TASUED. You pay for everything!

“As a result of several complaints and cries from the students, the leadership of the students’ Union government tried all they could to engage the school management to look into our plights in view of the present economic reality in the country and see ways of managing the situation at hand.”

Addressing the students at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in the state capital, Governor Ibikunle Amosun asked them to show more understanding and cooperation with government, especially in the face of the current economic recession in the country

”in Ogun state, education is free from primary to secondary but not free in our tertiary institutions and if you  want your certificate to be worthwhile, you have to pay.

“It cannot be totally free, if you don’t want to pay, that means you may not get the type of education you rightly deserve,” he noted

The Governor, however, promised to liaise with the institution’s management with the view of getting a way out of some of the challenges confronting the students.

UNIUYO ASUU Commences Week-Long Industrial Action

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendmentMembers of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Uyo chapter, on Wednesday commenced a seven-day industrial action, in line with the directive of the national secretariat of the union.

A Channels Television correspondent who monitored the exercise in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, reported that the warning strike paralysed academic activities at the town campus of the University of Uyo.

Students were seen in groups obviously discussing the development, while those who came for early morning lectures were disappointed, as there was no lecture in sight.

OOU_Students-ProtestSome of the students who spoke to Channels Television, confirmed the industrial action and appealed to the federal government to find a lasting solution to the problem in the interest of their future.

One of the students, expressing sadness over the situation, said: “as we speak, I am supposed to have a lecture but right now, nothing is happening in school – No lectures, we are not happy about it because it will affect the number of years we spend here.

“We are calling on the federal government to do something urgent to solve the problem for the sake of our future.

Another student lamenting, said “I have no choice but to go back home because nothing is going on here. I am not happy about it. I pray for a quick resolution of the problem so we can face our studies.

Chairman of ASUU, University Of Uyo Chapter, Dr Aniekan Brown, who personally monitored the exercise to ensure compliance also spoke to Channels Television.

Seemingly unperturbed, she said, “I am glad to announce that the strike has enjoyed 100% compliance in line with the directive of the national secretariat of the union.

“The one week warning strike is informed by the inability of the federal government to honor the agreement reached with ASUU on a number of issues, which you already know.

“The most important, being that the public universities are still underfunded.”

While she stressed that all public universities in the country are expected to take part in the exercise, she added that “some of our colleagues are still receiving factional salaries and so on”.

ASUU, recessionAlso in other states such as Lagos, the ASUU Chairman for the University of Lagos, (UNILAG), Mr Adelaja Odukoya, explained the reasons for their decision.

He said the federal government had failed to deliver on its 2009 Agreement and 2013 MoU.

According to him, the government is owing over 800 billion Naira, funds which he said were meant to upgrade the university system, in attempts to make them globally competitive.

Mr Odukoya stated that several attempts to dialogue with the government as well as key ministries involved in the disbursement of the agreed funds, had fallen on deaf ears, which eventually led up to the union’s decision to go on strike.

He expressed this also on Wednessday, while speaking on Channels Television’s Breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

Kwara Students Protest Non-Payment Of Bursary

Students Protest, Kwara StudentsStudents of various institutions under the aegis of National Association of Kwara State Students have staged a demonstration to the Government House, Ilorin for non-payment of five years bursary by the State Government.

The students, in their numbers, stormed the gate of the Government House, demanding to see Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed address them on why their allowances had not been paid for nearly five years.

Carrying  placards bearing various inscriptions, the students noted that while other states were paying 20,000 Naira, Kwara State could only afford the regular 5,000 Naira.

They alleged that nearly 500 Million Naira was budgeted for the payment in the 2016 budget and yet the government had continued to deny them their rights.

The security operatives on hand pleaded and ensured that they maintain peace.

Reacting, the State Commissioner for Information, Mahmud Jeigbe, said that the allegation of not being paid for five years is exaggerated as it was paid some years ago.

He explained that the economic situation of the country caused the delay.

Th government, he noted was aware of the need to pay and would surely do so when a committee set up by the Governor to look at the issue finishes its assignment.

As the students wait for the conclusion of the assignment on the issue of bursary, the education sector, according to the Commissioner, would continue to be given paramount attention by the Kwara state government.

Students Go On Rampage In Afe Babalola University

afe babalolaSome students in Afe Babalola University who were confirmed not doing well academically by the school authority and not prepared to improve on their academic performance on Sunday night embarked on a violent protest for not allowing them into the examination hall.

Speaking with newsmen in the campus, the Chairman of the Planning and Implementation Committee of Afe Babalola University, Professor Isaac Orubuloye explained the reasons behind the protest.

“The regulation of the university is that if you don’t attend classes 90% of the period, you will not be allowed to write exams. If you don’t register for examination, you will not be allowed to write exams.

“We have decided this time around to implement these policies to the letter. So, all students that ran afoul of these two provisions were denied from entering the examination and I think that is one of the remote causes of what has happened.

“Quite a number of them couldn’t write exams and there is no way they could explain to their parents that they were in school and they did not write examination.”

He also condemned the violent turn of events. He said that the protest was out of line as property worth millions of naira have been destroyed by the protesters.

“They went beyond ordinary protest. When people started to loot in the shops, then that becomes a crime – a serious crime.

“They looted some shops, damaged some vehicles and those things have nothing to do with their protest,” he said.

He, however, assured all parents and stakeholders to be calm as the situation was under control and calm has since returned to the university.

Students’ Protest Turns Violent In South Africa

South africaWhat started out as a peaceful protest turned violent in Pretoria on Friday when restless students waited in vain for President Jacob Zuma to address them.

The President earlier met with student representatives as well as universities management.

The outcome of that meeting was relayed to the nation via television when the podium on which he would have addressed them was pelted with stones and sticks.

The major outcome of the meeting was the acceptance for a zero percent hike in school university school fees for 2016.

Ekiadolor College Students Protest

EkiadolorMotorists were, on Wednesday, subjected to a harrowing experience on the Sagamu-Benin Expressway, following a protest by students of the College of Education, Ekiadolor, which resulted in a gridlock that lasted for hours.

The students, who were venting frustration over the industrial action embarked upon by their lecturers and the State Government’s seeming indifference to the lecturers’ demand, barricaded the‎ expressway at the Ekiadolor axis.

The students, who also complained about what they described as the poor state of their school ‎infrastructure, had vowed to keep the roads closed till their demands were met.

All efforts by motorists, including a prominent Benin chief, Gabriel Igbinedion, who was on his way to Ibadan, to placate them were rebuffed by the students.

However, the situation turned violent shortly after a detachment of soldiers arrived at the scene and chased away the students, who then withdrew to their campus and started to destroy facilities in the school.

Channels Television correspondent, who has been monitoring the situation, says the gates to the school have been blocked by the students as the protest continues.

University of Jos protest: Students, management agree to dialogue

Students of University of Jos have agreed to suspend their ongoing protest against the school authority following the increment on levies and charges on accommodation and other basic services in the campus as management also agreed to dialogue with the students’ leadership.

The acting President of the Student Union Government, Nanlop Maya said the school management has accepted to negotiate and discuss the students’ grievances in a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, hence the suspension of the protest.

She also disclosed that efforts are been made to shift the deadline for payment in order to avoid extra charges for late registration.

The students had last Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration against an alleged 150 percent increase in fees by the school’s management.

The placard-carrying students took over the main gate of the Bauchi Road Campus of the university condemning the increase and demanding a reversal.

Some of the placards read: Daylight rape; Our parents are government workers and have not been paid; Many parents cannot afford the increase, among others.

Ms Maya, who led the protest, had told reporters that the increase amounted to “commercialisation of education” and a demonstration of “the insensitivity of the school management to students’ plight.”

She said efforts to meet with management to discuss the matter were rebuffed, adding “I led a delegation of the students’ union body to negotiate with the deputy vice-chancellor, academics, over the increment in fees.

“However, we were denied audience. To my surprise, he said a mere student cannot interact with him,” she had said.

University of Abuja Shut Down

The management of the University of Abuja on Monday shut down the institution following students’ protest.

The protesting students reportedly disrupted the second semester examination that was already underway and blocked the Abuja – Gwagwalada road and the main entrance to the University campus causing huge traffic congestion.

Soldiers and policemen are presently making attempts to restore law and order in the University  as at the time of filing in this report.

Some of the protesters, who spoke with Channels Television, said the problem started when students of the Faculty of Engineering protested the inability of the school authority to produce a time table for their examination; even when students in other faculties have started theirs.

This is not the first time in 2012 that the authority would have to shut down the University following students’ protest.

In April, the management of the institution closed the University after a violent protest by students resulted in a breakdown of law and order in the school community.

The students had protested against the suspension of four courses offered by the University

The Federal Government had suspended some courses including Medicine, Veterinary medicine, Engineering and Agriculture because the departments offering these courses have failed to get accreditation from the National Universities Commission.

Students protest non-payment of bursary in Calabar

Hundreds of students from the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), under the umbrella of National Association of Cross River State Students (NACRISS) on Friday marched on the streets of Calabar carrying placards with different inscriptions on a peaceful protest.

The aggrieved students were protesting the non-payment of bursary by the Cross River state government which they claimed is their fundamental human right as indigenes of the state.

The protest, which was led by the president of the university student union government, was monitored by the security agencies.

The students accused the national president of NACRISS worldwide, Obi Emma and his director of social Richard Otu of collecting money worth over N3 million from the students in the name of bursary welfare package allegedly instructed by the state government, but several months after they were told that the state did not promise any bursary, a situation that made the students felt cheated.

The union leaders also attributed their protest on the unhealthy increment in their school fees which according to them has been raised to about N100, 000, a development they described as once too many.

They accused the university authority of inability to provide security and basic infrastructure to commensurate with the increase in their school fees.

The students, who ended their protest at government house where the State Governor Liyel Imoke, represented by his deputy Efiok Cobham assured them of government support at all times.

Mr Imoke while urging the students not to take laws into their hands said their complains will be investigated and critically   looked into.