FUTA Students Protest Fee Increase as School Delays Resumption

The management of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, ordered the indefinite postponement of the resumption of students for the 2023/2024 academic session.
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This directive came in a statement issued on Monday in Akure, the state capital, by the institution’s Director of Corporate Communication, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo.

Adebanjo mentioned that the management also directed all students currently on campus and in hostels within the university to vacate them within 24 hours. The university’s management instructed the suspension of registration and fee payment for returning students for the academic session via the university portal, initially scheduled to commence on Monday.

He clarified that the university has not opened the portal for returning students for the new session, contrary to public speculation.

Previously, students of the institution staged a peaceful protest, alleging that the university’s management had increased the school fees despite economic hardship in the country.

Addressing the protesting students, the President of FUTA Student Union Government, Mr. Oluwasoromidayo Olayemi, pleaded with the school's management to revert to the old school fees. Olayemi claimed that the last tuition fee increment occurred less than a year before the new hike. He alleged that the management increased the school fees to over N200,000 for new students, while returning students paying N35,000 would now pay at least N130,000 depending on the academic program. He declared that the peace protest would persist until the fees were reverted.

However, the institution’s spokesman denied the alleged increment in school fees by the university management, asserting that tuition was free.

“On the proposed new fees and charges, they are mainly for students-related services which are sourced from the economy.

“And the costs of such goods and services provided by the university for the students will certainly be impacted by costs of goods and services in the economy.

“To ensure smooth running of the university, certain consumables and payments for municipal services such as electricity, water, hostel maintenance and cleaning and sundry other services are necessary.

“And the costs of providing the services have shot up and the new charges are in response to this,” he said.

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