The N3,000 reduction in school fees of Obafemi Awolowo University students following a protest that greeted the astronomical increment in the same fees last year has finally been effected as promised by the university management.
Students of the Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Environmental and Design Management and Faculty of Technology will now pay N24,700 as against the N30,700 they paid last year. The University management promised to shed the N3,000 deduction in the fees last year to the payment for the new session (2014/2015 academic session). So the supposed new fees structure payable this new session which is N27,700 eventually got reduced by the N3,000 deduction of last year. Now, the students are expected to pay N24,700.
Also supposed to be affected by this development are students of the College of Health Sciences and Faculty of Pharmacy. Just like the other faculties affected, their students should now pay N27,700 as against the N33,700 they paid the last time. As at the time of filing this report, we are yet to verify the reduction in their own fees.
In the meantime, the school e-portal is now opened for undergraduates to start paying for the 2014/2015 academic session.
It will be recalled that the Ibikunle-led 2013/2014 parliamentary session led the Students' Union to confront the increase in schools fees and in a Press Statement on Sunday, August 23, 2014 counted the further reduction of N3,000 as parts of the gains of the struggle against school fees hike.