The Academic Staff Union of Universities has opposed the decision of the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State
to increase the charges of newly admitted students of the institution.

The Senate of OAU had increased tuition fees payable by the new students in the Arts/Law/Social Sciences category by 322 per cent; Clinical Sciences and Pharmacy, 267 per cent, and the Sciences,
253 per cent, claiming it was to improve the standard of the school among other reasons.

But ASUU chapter of the university faulted the university’s management
approach of attempting to generate income, saying that it was “unjustifiable”.

It will be recalled that students of the institution had since the announcement of the increment engaged in several protests as a means to kick against the new fee regime.

It was gathered that the students were in one of their protests shot by a soldier, who was an escort to a presidency convoy that was led by an

However, the lecturers in a statement by its Chairman, Dr. Caleb Aborisade, warned that students and parents should not be made to suffer the inadequacy of Federal Government.

They demanded that the fee should be reverted to status quo, adding that the increment was not in the interest of the student.

The statement released on Saturday read in part, “The union, while recognizing the huge funding gaps arising from the inability of the
Federal Government of Nigeria to adequately fund education at all levels, vehemently opposes the route chosen by the University administration to address the problem. The increments cannot by any stretch of the imagination be justified.”

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