Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State Governor has announced a 25 per cent reduction in the tuition fees payable by students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomosho.
Makinde further stated that the reduction would cut across students, irrespective of their statuses.
The governor said: “I am glad to be back among you. After the 2019 election, I should have returned to say thank you, but I didn’t want to come until I fulfil what I promised you, which is the sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo State.
“I am still coming back to spend the night here and we will really celebrate then. But I can leave you with a parting gift for today. Let me tell you, LAUTECH fee is still the lowest in the Southwest.
“Having said that, I will reduce your school fees across board, whether indigenes or non-indigenes, even for new students. There will be a reduction of 25 per cent across the board.”
Makinde further added that his administration would build a befitting flyover in Ogbomoso while promising re-engage 170 workers of the teaching hospital, who were relieved of their employment by the previous administration, saying his government will pay their five- month salary arrears.
Meanwhile in Kaduna, Students of the Kaduna State University on Tuesday took to the streets to protest the hike in tuition fees by the state government.
The students informed the state government that the hike in some courses to N300,000 and N400,000 from N36,000 would force many students out of school.
The student’s portal showed that for new students, indigenes would now pay N150, 000 for art and humanities and N171, 000 for sciences while non-indigenes will pay N221,000.
For social sciences, indigenes will pay N170, 000; non-indigenes will pay N200, 000 while indigenes admitted to study medicine will pay N300,000 and N400,000 for non-indigenes.
A student said ; “We are protesting to draw the attention of the state government to revert to the old rates or reduce the fees so that parents and caregiver will be able to pay.
“This is because most of our students find it difficult to pay the old rate and with this increase, only the children of the rich can afford university education in the state institution”.