By Dotun Adebusoye
Some Students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko(AAUA) on Sunday defended Governor Rotimi Akeredolu over the rumoured increase in school fee for the new academic session.
The students unanimously said, Akeredolu being an understanding and God-fearing leader would not have ordered the increase.
There are media reports suggesting that the increment was an order of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to the University management.
The students who spoke at a gathering organized to address issues surrounding the purported increase, lauded efforts of the state government in re-engineering the education sector in the state. They also appreciated the governor for creating an enabling environment for learning.
Adewale Jimoh, the National President, Nigerian Students for Change Initiative who spoke on behalf of the students berated the University management for planning to make life difficult for students by opting to hike school fee, doing so to the detriment of many indigent students studying in the University.
He added that student representatives should be contacted, and follow up with discussions whenever sensitive decisions are to be taken, especially decisions that would have direct impact on students.
Jimoh maintained that the government of Rotimi Akeredolu will not give directives that would negatively affect students studying across different institutions in the state.
He added that “a governor who is doing everything possible to better lives of the citizenry would not have inflicted students with an humongous school fee”.
“Why we are confident that the governor could not have ordered this increase is simple. This is because he has proven beyond reasonable doubt his unweary love for people of the state. The governor loves our parents and he won’t have them pay such a high school fee” He noted.
The National President called on the management of Adekunle Ajasin University to halt implementation of the proposed new school fee while he said an attempt by the University to force the new fees on students would meet stiff resistance from the University students and members of the public.
” Our ideological students are ready to stand against any attempt by the school management to force the new school fee on students which according to a report making round is said to begin full implementation from the new session” Jimoh said.
He also thanked the governor for ensuring the security of lives and properties of people in the Akoko areas of the state. Jimoh promised that students of the institution would assist the government in combating crimes and exposing criminally-minded persons hiding under the guise of being a student to perpetrate evil activities.
However, in a chat with journalists , the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of the institution, Prof. Francis Gbore said there was no further increment in the fee.
He described social media reports about the increment as false, challenged any student to come out with proof of increase in his or her fees.
Prof. Gbore maintained that fee payable last session would be sustained , assuring students of the institution that management would continue to protect their interest.
It would be recalled that the media was awashed recently with news indicating there was an increase in school fee of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, for the new academic session.