Parents, guardians and students alike have condemned the recent increment in the school fees of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State by the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who had allegedly promised to reduce the school fees of the students by 50 per cent during his campaign in 2011. The Amosun-led administration jerked up the fees to N270, 000 – N300,000 in the 2012/2013 academic session with a non-refundable acceptance fee of forty thousand naira (N40,000). The Gbenga Daniel government which he succeeded had increased it from N15,000 in 2005/2006 to N150,000 in 2008/2009, which attracted criticisms then. Disciplines like Law, Medicine, Engineering and Pharmacy now attract as much as N275, 000 and above per session. Parents of these students who are mostly farmers, government workers and petty traders have condemned the increment. Notwithstanding that the government hinged their action on the need for qualitative education. YES INTERNATIONAL!’S GBENGA SHABA spoke to some of these parents…
Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State won me over last year with his giant strides on infrastructure and urban development. However, let me state categorically that the fees recently released by the authority of Olabisi Olabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, is killing. It is anti-people! Any head of government whose aim is to take education out of the reach of common people should please get prepared to kill many people he was elected to serve. N200, 000 and above is too much as school fees for a new student after collecting N40, 000 acceptance fee. Anyway, the day of reckoning beckons. Although, OOU fees were increased by the PDP government of Gbenga Daniel, Governor Amosun promised during his electioneering campaign to reduce it, but he hasn’t. Ekiti State University (EKSU) fee was also increased by the PDP government of Oni and Fayemi promised to reduce it; he also is fumbling. The fee of the scrapped USTI established by the PDP government of Oni was N250, 000. UNIOSUN fee was N200, 000 and above during the PDP government of Oyinlola. Today, it is less than N150, 000 because Governor Aregbesola vowed to reduce it and he did. My brother, these problems were created by the previous governments in their respective states.
It is laughable. Is this what you call a progressive government? Progressives at work indeed!
Omotayo Kehinde Ofaro
Progressive government indeed! Kano state gives free education to its indigenes, even as at now and that is a good example of a progressive government.
Ogunjimi James Taiwo
This is becoming the order of the day in the APC-controlled states. None of Ekiti, Lagos or Osun runs a free education policy which they claimed is going to be their focal point during their electioneering campaign. Please, we need to criticize all of them together. So, parents and students of OOU can talk now because they are affected. They should just go and pay or forfeit their admissions.
Noah Femi Kayode
It is often said that education is for all, but with these school fees, education is now meant for the few who can afford it and that is the implication of the unnecessary hike.
May God Almighty rescue the common man from this government. They should be voted out.
Ojo Emmanuel Adediran
He may have won some people over in the area of infrastructure, simply because they are not living in Ogun State. Now, we are all complaining about this inhumane act of his because we do not understand the critical factor behind his deceitful road expansion projects. The point is: Amosun has successfully placed our state in a position of eternal bondage via loans and bonds obtained to put up those needless infrastructures. He has bitten more than he can chew by borrowing over 200 billion under three years. Now, how much is our monthly revenue all together? How and when do you think we can repay this huge amount of money? Don’t forget the fact that there will be constant interest accumulation over time. My brother, during election period, Amosun promised 50% reduction of their school fees but alas…what he did was to increase it across board instead of the reduction he deceitfully promised just to earn their votes.
It is absolutely ridiculous for a governor to ask parents to cough out N250, 000 as fees for their children. Where on earth is Amosun expecting the already hard up parents to get such crazy fees from? Is Amosun telling us that university education is no longer for the poor? How much did he pay as a student of the Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, when he was a student there for four years, during the late Olabisi Onabanjo-UPN government? Would it not be right to say the governor is heartless?
Adeosun Tajudeen Alani
We need to ask ourselves, are we serving the government or they are the ones serving us? That’s too much for God’s sake. My position here is that government must remember the common man in every of their doings. Because it is the common man that usually votes. May God deliver the education sector in the South-West from these people.
Education is the best infrastructure you can give to the people…Amosun should know he has lost one supporter.
Tunji Adepoju Asiyanbi
One of the greatest tragedies of this nation is when poor people get into office. They quickly forget that they were once poor… I don’t want to be sentimental, but increasing tuition fee is counterproductive. If I were to pay tuition fees, I would still have been a school certificate holder today. Let our leaders, especially those of them from poor backgrounds, learn how to protect and provide for the poor. It is economic illiteracy and developmental wickedness to justify tuition fee hike under any set of criteria or conditions. Chief Awolowo experienced chronic poverty and deprivation while growing up and vowed to make life easier for talented but under privileged people and so was it.
So, now, you will agree with me that APC and PDP are both failed parties. Well, nothing can be done other than for the admitted students to go and pay their tuition fees or forfeit their admissions as some people have advised.
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