OAU Fee Hike Novella (Episode 12)
Somewhere in Angola,fresh students were discussing .Are you not coming for the Bonfire organized by the SU, am eager to witness how it will look like, someone said.True enough the Bonfire attracted many fresh students and stalites alike, people had fun while they listened to the history of the Union, the struggles and were intimated about thecurrent struggle.
Everybody that attended the Bonfire that day had one thing or the other to say about it.The next day,a movie about how a former Students Union Secretary was killed was shown by the SU,with the head of the Students Union freshers' welcome committee and also the SU VP Olori, talking about the event, the past heroes and about the Film that was to be shown. Student left the Amphi theatre,venue of the program with mixed reactions, while some were emotionally touched others talked about Afrika's braveness.
At Awo hall,everything was cool with freshers not in the hostel,having gone to Amphi theatre for the Film show. Guys were discussing in groups,talking about the situation of the fee hike and failure of negotiations between the SU and the school management. Tunde who was part of the discussion before leaving told the guys that trouble maybe brewing if the issue isnt resolved,he finally left them to catch some sleep.
Early the next morning,NEWS filtered in that the VC of the school will hold a press conference concerning the fee hike later that day.Maybe he wants to announce reduction oo,Sola said,when he heard the NEWS. He quickly phoned Tunde to inform him about the Press Conference Scheduled for later in the day. Tunde received this info with joy and hope.
The press conference was held later in the day and the VC said no going back on the increment,he blamed inflation and underfunding of the University for the increase.He said students have to pay the high amount to improve and maintain the standard of the instituation. What did the VC say? Tunde asked as he saw a guy with the tag Journalist on him.The guy explained what happened at the conference to Tunde. Tunde could only mutter a thank you,as he was disappointed,he had hoped that a reduction will be announced.Tunde left for the hostel not happy and didnt join in any discussion till he got to his room. There is going to be a congress tommorrow o,Saheed a roomate of Tunde said as he entered the room. Okay, i will attend, Tunde replied.
The writer of this story, Oyedeji Olanrewaju is a Part 2 student of the Department of Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo University. You can reach Oyedeji through his e-mail: Olanrewajusamuel8@gmail.com