Osun State Government has called on students in the state-owned higher institutions to handle their reservations on what they called an increase in school fees with a sense of responsibility.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, in a statement on Monday, faulted the reports of tuition fees increment, saying there was nothing of such.
“Government puts it on record that it has not authorised any increment in the tuition fees in any of the state-owned tertiary institutions.
“As at today, the tuition fees of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, and the College of Technology, Esa-Oke, remain N25,000 while that of Osun State College of Education, Ilesa and Ila-Orangun are still N20,000.
“For new students who have just applied to the institutions, some ancillary charges for some services, some of which are optional, were introduced and do not apply at all to current students,” Mr Baderinwa said.
He, however, said it was pertinent to remind the people that the Rauf Aregbesola administration had reduced the tuition fees of all the state-owned tertiary institutions in 2011 without being persuaded.
“Since the reduction in 2011, the government has not put a penny on the tuition fees,” the commissioner maintained.
The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has debunked all claims that the institution intends to increase the tuition fees for the next session.
In a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, the University insists that there is not truth in the rumour being peddled.
The statement read: “It has come to the attention of the University Management that a very few students have been spreading an unfounded rumour that the management has concluded plans to increase Tuition fees next session.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the University Management wishes to inform the general public, particularly our Students, their parents and, or guardians, that Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is a Federal Government Institution with well-structured administrative organ. It is, therefore, not possible to change the fees structure without discussion at the various levels.
“The authorities of the University have no intention whatsoever to introduce tuition or increase any fees; the rumour is therefore outrightly unfounded and terribly mischievous.
“Management has also noted the very disappointing, unethical and embarrassing developments within the Students Union.”
“Students are hereby strongly advised to shun the rumours and they should remain law-abiding and go about their studies without indulging in any act that can truncate the smooth running of the second semester.
“Accordingly, the management wishes to emphatically state that it will not condone any act of lawlessness, vandalism or brigandage from any student or group of students; and will not hesitate to invoke sanctions on any erring student who, either by actions or utterances, have violated their matriculation oaths,” the statement read.
The Executive Director, Human Resources of the 7up Bottling Company, Femi Mokikan on Saturday said that the company’s annual scholarship, which sponsors a qualified student to the Harvard Business School in the United States of America, is open to all Nigerian students.
Mr Mokikan, who along with the recipients of the 7up scholarship award for 2011 and 2012, was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise programme, said though previous winners of the award have been Nigerian students who had studied abroad, the award is open to local students too.
In the video below, the 7up Director explains why the company preferred the Harvard Business School for its scholarship programme and how the beneficiary of the scheme is selected.