LAUTECH Students Protest Hike In School Fees

Few hours after the management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho announced a 100% increase of tuition fees across all levels via student’s mail in a statement signed by the registrar of the school, students of LAUTECH tropped out enmasse in the early hours of today, 16th October, 2018 to protest and have successfully shut down the institution’s main campus and its medical school in Osogbo.

According to a copy of the memo addressed to students on Monday announcing the new fees, indigenous students from the owner states of Oyo and Osun will now pay N200,000; while non-indigenes will pay N250,000.

The memo, entitled ‘Notice to All Students on Payment of New Tuition Fees with Effect from 2018/2019 Academic Session’ was signed by the registrar of the institution, Mr J. A. Agboola.

Students have rejected the new fees, describing it as oppressive, and have vowed to resist it.

Following the announcement, students organized themselves to lock down the institution beginning from 6am Tuesday morning.

A document signed by the Students’ Union President of the university, Mr Abiodun Oluwaseun, entitled ‘LAUTECH Mabagement a Joker’, also obtained by Ogbomoso Today, described the school’s decision as laughable.

“This scorn act by the management has called for nothing but an immediate and incessive fury from the students’ populace, as the school management has shown vividly their lack of trust and respect for agreement, following several consultation and consolidation with several assurance of no hike in the tuition fee,” the union said.

The students’ body said that the school’s management has called for war.
“They have dared our strength and unity and we must show them the consequence of oppression. Now is the time we must come together and fight against injustice and proposed exploitation by the management of the institution,” the SUG president said.

The LAUTECH branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the new tuition increase.
The chairman of the union, Dr Biodun Olaniran, in a brief chat with Newsmen, said “ASUU is against commercialization and privatization of education in the country, therefore opposes the increment in tuition fee.”

Nonetheless, as early as 7:30 a.m on Tuesday, our correspondent gathered that students of this institutions have locked the institution’s campus gates in Ogbomosho and Osogbo and are now protesting with the hashtag, #OccupyLAUTECH as a result of compromise on the part of the management. All roads are blocked and Students are unrelentlessly chanting various songs of Aluta to display their disappointment.

In a telephone interview with the Students’ Union President of LAUTECH, Abiodun Oluwaseun LAUREL said that it was the decision of the students to lock the gates and we will remain adamant to pleas until the increased tuition fees is reversed. We have resolved to stay at the gates and show the management the consequences of oppression.

Oluwaseun LAUREL said that our decision is final and irrevocable. It is unfortunate that visitors of LAUTECH who come every year to boast about their credentials and love for growth and development have sideline this dying institution and thrown it into turmoil.

Attempts to reach the registrar, PRO of the school or any top officials of the management proved abortive as all direct lines are not reachable and switched off.

 

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