- OAU students have called on the management of the institution to reduce the school fees by 50%
- The students on Tuesday morning protested at the school's main gate, demanding an immediate reduction of the increased school fees
- The aggrieved students shut down the campus gate during the protest to get the attention of the management
Ile-Ife, Osun state - The students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun state, have shut the campus gate and demanded a 50% reduction in tuition.
TVC News confirmed the development on Tuesday, October 3, via its X page.
The students, in the early hours of Tuesday, October 3, shut the institution’s main gate to restrict vehicular movement in protest of the recent increment in school fees.
The Nation reported that the OAU management announced new increased school fees on September 14, 2023.
This increase has since led to a series of discussions between the student union and the school management, with the former demanding a significant decrease in the fees.
OAU students threaten to shut down campus
Recall that the president of the Great Ife student union, Akinremi Ojo, said students of the institution may shut down activities on campus if the recent increase in school fees was not reversed.
Ojo, who spoke with journalists on Monday, September 18, 2023, said the management of the institution had remained silent since it announced the new fee regime, The Punch reported.
NANS tells OAU management to reduce the tuition fee
However, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) urged the management of the institution to reduce school fees by 50%.
NANS, on Sunday, October 1, condemned the action of the OAU management to increase the tuition fees despite the order of the presidency and the House of Representatives not to do so, Vanguard reported.
What Nigerian students should do about tuition hike
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that the former senator of Kaduna Central District, Shehu Sani, declared support behind the recent move of some students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Recall that some UNILAG students, on Wednesday, September 13, hit the street to express their dissatisfaction with the raised tuition fees announced by the school management.
Reacting, in a post shared on his X page, Sani commended the students for their actions and urged other Nigerian students to emulate them.
Rusticated UNIABUJA student drags university to court
Olamide was rusticated over planned protests against the recent hike in school fees.
Olamilekan is seeking an order "reinstating forthwith the Applicant as a bonafide student of the 1st Respondent (UNIABUJA), with all rights and privileges attached thereto."