Following series of agitations and public outcry by students and concerned stakeholders in Ondo state regarding what was termed ‘an obnoxious’ increment in Tuition fees of major institutions across the state.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has finally reduced the tuition fees of the state owned institution, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.
The management of the Institution wrote in a circular sent to the students:
“I write on the directive of the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Olugbenga E. IGE to inform all returning students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko that following an earlier appeal by students, and in view of the economic effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the country on parents and students, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi AKEREDOLU, SAN, has directed that the University should consider a reduction in tuition fees in a way that quality education can still be sustained in the University.
“As a follow up to the above, a meeting between the Governor, the University and the student leaders was convened.
“Consequently, the Visitor has approved the underlisted reduction of tuition fees with effect from the 2019/2020 academic session, as recommended by Council:
According to the circular, below is the current and reduced tuition fees regime for the returning students in various faculties:
- Sciences – N150,000.00 N120,000.00
- Social & Management Sciences – N150,000.00 N120,000.00
- Agriculture N150,000.00 N100,000.00
- Arts N100,000.00 N80,000.00
- Education N100,000.00 N80,000.00
- Law N150,000.00 N150,000.00
However, after removing N20,000 – N30,000 from the fees for the returning students, the Faculty of Law was excluded from the new tuition fee reduction as they are to continue paying N150,000.
Governor Akeredolu government had increased the tuition fees for returning students from N28,000 and N32,000 (based on the faculty or department and level) to N70,000 and 150,000 in the 2017/2018 session, saying “the initial rates operated under the previous administration were unsustainable.”
Talking about the proposed reduction last week, the Governor said students are important to his administration, and disclosed that he had instructed his team to find out the tuition payable in other state owned institution so as to know what step to take on the reduction of tuition in the state.
He further added that his decision to reduce the fees is not a matter for political gains. As the Governor is seeking re-election in the 2020 Governorship election coming in two months time.
It is not known yet whether the Governor will reduce fees of other state-owned institutions in the state like the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) Okitipupa and University of Medical Sciences.