- LAUTECH students stated protest over the latest increment in the tuition fees by the institution
- The protesting students were, however, chased away by some soldiers
- With the new increment, the students are to pay between 200,000 and 250,000 as against 63,500/72,500 they paid in the last session
Soldiers on Wednesday, October 17, reportedly dispatched students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) who were protesting a hike in their fees in Ogbomoso.
Premium Times reports that the students shut down the institution’s main campus in Ogbomoso and medical school in Osogbo. Also, major roads in the communities were blocked by the irate students.
The students were protesting the latest increment in the tuition fees by the governing council. The protest reportedly disrupted vehicular movement and also grounded day to day activities in the school.
On Monday, October 15, the institution sent a mail sent to all students indicating that indigenes are now to pay N200,000 while non-indigenes are to pay N250,000 for the new session which will commence on October 29.
The new fees are against the initial N63,500 for indigenes and N72,500 for non-indigenes who are returning students.
The Students’ Union president, Abiodun Oluwaseun, in an interview with Premium Times, threatened that they will not vacate the gate unless the school reverses its decision.
Meanwhile, the university authority has warned staff and students not to allow the protest to disrupt daily activities.
The newspaper said it has obtained the video of soldiers chasing the students students with firearms.
One of the students who spoke with the newspaper under the condition of anonymity said: “We saw the soldiers’ truck but we resisted. All of a sudden, we saw these soldiers coming down from their truck with arms. The ones with guns were putting on masks.
“We all knew they were not friendly as none of them spoke simple English.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the management of the Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi, said it was investigating the challenges that led to the banning of prospective corps members from the institution from being mobilised for the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Msugh Kembe, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday, October 17, in Makurdi.
The VC said the institution was shocked at the decision of the NYSC to prevent it from mobilising its prospective corps members for service.
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