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Ogun Assembly Urges State Varsities, Polytechnics To Reduce Hiked Fees

The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, has appealed to all tertiary institutions owned by the Ogun State Government to reduce fees payable by students.

Oluomo asked them to reconsider the plight of indigent parents by doing a downward review of the recently hiked tuition fees.

Recall that students of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun and those of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, recently took to the streets to protest the hike in fees by the learning institutions.

During plenary on Wednesday, the Minority Leader and lawmaker representing Odogbolu State Constituency, Lukman Adeleye, called the Assembly’s attention to the sudden rise in fees and the protests that greeted the development.

Adeleye, earlier in his presentation, recounted the recent mass protest by the students of TASUED, pleading that the Assembly wade into the matter to ensure a reduction of the hiked fees.

Reacting, Oluomo acknowledged the adverse effects of the economic challenges being faced by parents currently.

The Speaker noted that it was “important for the Heads of the tertiary institutions to show more compassion and empathy by allowing the new fees to wear human faces so as not to put the students at a disadvantage.”

He explained that though the institutions might have the compelling need to increase their fees to meet their pressing needs, given the high rate of inflation, the fees should be affordable.

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