Vice-Chancellor of the Ondo State University, Professor Adesegun Fatusi has stated that there is no going back on the new fee schedule.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Adesegun Fatusi has said the decision of the school to increase tuition fees will not be changed.
This comes as parents have cried out to the government of Ondo State to come to its rescue.
Recall that we reported that the recent increase of the tuition fee of the state-owned University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo requires non-indigenes and indigenes studying dentistry in the institution in the preclinical years to pay N2.245 million and N1.320m respectively.
In a new schedule released by the school management, the fees to be paid by non-indigenous students were 59 per cent higher than what indigenous students would pay.
The development was described as shocking, inhumane and unacceptable by students, parents and opposition party.
Also, non-indigenous students studying medicine in the pre-clinical year are to pay N2.245 million per session while indigenous students are to pay N1.320 million per session.
Only courses with low fees are Biochemistry and Physiology for which non-indigenous students are to pay N400,000 while indigenous students are to pay N350,000 per session.
“The parents have an option. It is not compulsory for their children to study here. Other medical schools are available.
“We run this school almost free of tuition fees. This school is a specialised school and we cannot continue with the previous fees,” Fatusi said.
A student of the institution, Mr. Ajayi Kehinde, told THISDAY that “we were paying N350,000 and it was difficult, how does the government want our parents to get this huge amount of money from? This must be looked into.”
A parent who identified herself as Mrs. Adewole, called on the state government to rescind its decision for the interest of the poor masses.
Reacting, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state tackled Akeredolu over astronomical hike in the fees, noting that the hike is a silent notice to parents who could not afford the new fees regime to withdraw their children.
The statement that was signed by the State Publicity Secretary of PDP by Mr. Kennedy Peretei, reads: “Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has never hidden his penchant for increasing fees in tertiary institutions since he assumed leadership of the State. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko and Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa had suffered serial closures over students’ protests bordering on fees hike.
“The Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo shrank to a student population of 1,753 from over 9,000 due to fees increase. Most private residential accommodation for students in Owo is now empty. Even the economy of the ancient city has been adversely affected.
“Parents and students of UNIMED received shockers of their lives when they noticed increment of fees with nearly 120 per cent for 2021/2022 session. No explanation was given for this hike. Medical students have to pay as much as N1,320,000.00 as against N515,000.00 payable in the previous academic session (2020/2021).
The party noted that “at Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti students of Medicine and Surgery require only N468,750.00 for 2021/2022 Session. For Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye N176,396.00 will be enough for the same course.”
It called on the governor and the APC led government to wear a human face in taking decisions that affect the wellbeing of future leaders.
“A government that only brings sorrow to the people through policies of this nature is no longer worthy of its stay in power.
“If neighbouring states with lesser revenue are charging lesser fees, why must Ondo State breed University drop outs because of wickedness of one man?
“Education is the only industry Ondo State is known for. If the incumbent administration cannot improve our lots, it is better not to complicate a bad situation.
Ebubeagu Security Operative Beheaded in Ebonyi
Unknown gunmen have beheaded a member of local security outfit, Ebubeagu.
The victim has been identified as one Sunday Nwafor. He was killed in Ekpelu community, in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The gunmen stormed Nwafor’s house at night while he was asleep and shot him dead. They dragged his body out of his room and cut off his head, which they took away.
The state police spokesperson, Loveth Odah who confirmed the incident said;
“According to the DPO of Ikwo Police Division, some gunmen went to the house of one Sunday Nwafor. He was about 30 years old and a member of the Ebubeagu security outfit. The gunmen broke into his room while he was asleep and shot him dead. They dragged the body outside and beheaded him.
“His wife, who spoke to the police, said before she heard a gunshot, she overheard one of the hoodlums telling her husband that he left them in the bush and came back home to enjoy himself by collecting N30,000 monthly from the government.
“Two of the suspects have been arrested; investigation is ongoing. This act is barbaric and inhumane. This is coming barely two weeks after we recorded the other Ebubeagu incident, in which someone was also killed in this form and half burnt.
“The Commissioner of Police condemns in totality this kind of killing and has vowed to do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure that the remaining perpetrators are brought to book.”
One Dies As Granite-Laden Truck Falls On Bus At Sango
In what will come across as a really heartbreaking development, one person died on Sunday after a truck conveying granite fell on a bus at the bad portion of Sango tollgate, along the Lagos-Abeokuta highway, Ogun State.
The accident, which occurred at 5:10 pm, claimed the life of a commercial bus driver, while the truck driver sustained no injury.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed the incident, saying the yellow Vanagon bus was registered as FST 744YD, while the Howo truck was marked LND634YE.
The FRSC spokesperson in Ogun, Florence Okpe, said “the suspected cause of the crash was a bad portion of the road.”
NaijaOnPoint recalls that residents of Sango-Ota axis have made repeated calls to government, asking the road, which they described as a death trap, be fixed.
According to Okpe, the rescue operations took the concerted efforts of men of the FRSC rescue team and the MTD section of the Nigeria Police Force, Sango.
She explained that a crane was hired to lift the truck off the Vanagon bus.
“The dead body was taken to the General Hospital, Ifo,” she added.