Aaua students continue protest today

Today makes it the second day students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko ( AAUA) , Ondo State would embark on an open protest against their school fees hike in Akure.

According to News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN), the students have been protesting since Monday against hike in their tuition fees ranging from N 25, 000 to N 35, 000, to between N 120, 000 and N 200, 000.

The protest slowed down economic activities for four hours particularly in commercial areas as Oba Adesida Road, Bank Roads and also NEPA area, this caused traffic as the roads were blocked by the students .

Speaking with newsmen, Tosin Ijanusi, the President of AAUA Students Union Government ( SUG ) , said the protest would continue as long as the state government refused to reduce the fees .
NAN reports that the students carried different placards with inscriptions such as : “ No Increment of Our School Fees ” , “ Do Not Sell Our School” and “ Students Say No to Fee Hike ” .
Ijanisu told newsmen :“ We will continue until the state government reverses its decision .
“ We hope they will call us , and if they do not, we will continue. ’’
The student leader thanked some market women that joined the protest, saying it would attract more people on Wednesday.
Also speaking , Mr Emmanuel Akeredolu, the President of the National Association of Ondo State Students ( NAOSS ) , said the new tuition fees were unfair to the students .
Akeredolu said he was optimistic that it would be reversed .
One of the market women , Mrs Funke Ademeso , said that market women were in support of the students because it would be difficult for parents and guardians to cope with the new tuition fees .
Earlier, Dr Tunji Abayomi, the Pro- Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of AAUA, said that the state government was spending over N 5 billion to run the university yearly .
Abayomi said that this was a lot higher than the institution ’ s total income , which stood at N 2. 71 billion .
He insisted that time had come to save the university from total collapse , which necessitated the increase in the school fees .
The pro- chancellor said that the state governor , however , had the final say on whether to maintain the new fees or review it downward.

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