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Hike in fee: management declares holiday as STUDENTS protest "no school fees,no exam" policy

The management of the Adekunle Ajasin University has declared a three weeks mid-semester break as the students, today took over the akungba-ikare expressway to protest against "no school fee,no tuition fee" policy by the school management"

The hullabaloo aroused at the Olusegun Obasanjo multipurpose hall where the students assembled to the ICT centre for their first semester continuous assessment test, before some students who haven't paid disorganized the atmosphere of the hall.

The students later converged at the front of law/fasa lecture theatre to meet with some excos of the Students' Union Government(SUG) to show their total insatisfaction to the policy. Later, the agitators proceeded to the school main gate, down to ibaka to ilale quarters, with different inscriptions on their poster cards and chanting "ole","no to hike in fee", "we no go gree"  and the rest, and blocking roads with planks,blocks and iron.

Guns were shot at ibaka market by some unidentified people who claimed to be an indegene of akungba. According to them,the gunshots is to support the action of the students.

In her reaction,an 100L student who disclosed her name and department for personal reasons, described the decision of the management unfavorable and unfair.
In his reaction, the Students' Union Government's Public Relations Officer, comrade Babalola David in a telephone call,described the protest as a peaceful one organised by the students without the influence of the Students' Union.
  "The protest is a peaceful one which was caused by the no payment,no exam policy. The students moboilized the peaceful protest by themselves and it was not propelled by the Students'  Union".
Comrade David, confirmed the rumor that made the air that some SUG excos were beaten by the agitators. He said, " I was stoned alongside with other excos. They were like they should kill any excos that come their way. Though Sampraise is their target"
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (academics), Prof Francis Gbore,also confirmed the three weeks mid-semester break in a telephone call put acrossed to him. He further said that the holiday isn't affiliated with the students protest.

The management has therefore declared mid semester break till May 20. This was confirmed on Mr Yinka Fadayomi(webmaster)Facebook page,signed by the registrar, Dr M.S Ayeerun. It reads; The management of the adekunle ajasin University has approved a mid- semester break for all students of the university.All students of the university are therefore, advised to proceed on the mid semester break with immediate effect. Students are to resume to campus on May 20,2019".

It would be recalled that the tuition fee was proposed by the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu during the last convocation held. He said this while he was commissioning the Radio AAUA,90.3 fm that the school fees would be reviewed without any delay. He said further,that the school fees wouldn't be charged up to private institutions,but it would be reviewed.
In January 2019, the management came up with the policy of "pay what you paid last session" which the students strongly go against.

Habeebullahi abdulwasiu reporting.........

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