Students protest, threaten to make Ondo ungovernable for Akeredolu
Students of Ondo State extraction have vowed to make the state ungovernable for Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu if he fails to reverse the recent increase in tuition fees in state-owned university.
This is coming on the heels of unprecedented increase in tuition fees at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) from N35, 000 to N200, 000, an increase of over 500 per cent.
The student leaders of AAUA, with solidarity from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS) mobilised thousands of students to protest against the hike yesterday.
The students, who carried different placards, barricaded the Oba Adesida Road causing a lot of traffic in Akure metropolis, as they expressed their displeasure against the increment as they chanted anti-government songs.
Their placards read: “Akeredolu Must Not Send Us Away From School, No To Hike In Our School Fees,” Education Is Our Right,” Aketi Enjoyed Free Education, He Must Not Take It From Us and Remove Increment Or We Will Make The State Ungovernable,” among others.
They resolve to embark on the protest after a meeting with the AAUA management at the Akure residence of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Tunji Abayomi, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Femi Agagu and other principal staff, ended in a deadlock at the weekend.