The Great Ife Students' Union president-elect, Akande Omotayo a.k.a TY has called on the Obafemi Awolowo University management to rescind their decision on the school fees payment prerequisite for final year students to be able to request for accommodation.
Apart from the meeting held between representatives of the CEC-elect and the management on thesame issue, below is an open letter written by TY.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT
OUR FINAL YEAR STUDENTS ARE LAMENTING!!!
We write to address a very crucial development as regards the accommodation for final year students and express our dismay over the compulsion of full payment of school fees on our students before they can apply for bed spaces.
A similar and inimical development is the constraining of the incoming students to paying the exorbitant school fees before they can also apply for accommodation.
The constituent of students on O.A.U campus are children of proletarians whose parents work within the austere economic condition for the state governments and bankrupt multi-nationals.
Most state governments are owning their workers 3-6 months salaries, even the federal government is faced with dwindling and incessant fluctuation of oil price, yet our students whose parents are members of this unpaid working class and are not exempted from this national economic quagmire are still mandated to pay in full before applying for accommodation.
OUR APPEAL IS THAT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO APPLY FOR BED SPACE PRIOR TO PAYING THE SCHOOL FEES, AT LEAST IN THE EARLY PERIOD OF RESUMPTION.
Our parents’ pockets have not recuperated from the astronomical increase in school fee which was shockingly and undemocratic-ally enforced on us against our audible refusal and the peaceful agitations.
Most students who can afford the immediate payment in school fees are those that can as well get a decent accommodation in town. The students who will be desperately needing campus accommodation are mostly the ones who may find it hard to pay school their school fees in the first few weeks of resumption.
We implore the university management to see to the reversing of the moralities for bed space application to the old status-quo where finalist can apply for accommodations without school fees payment.
We will as besiege for the demystification of the school fees regime that will be paid by students as constant alterations of school fees regime is observed on e-portal. However, the management should take cognizance of the proposed 3000naira reduction for last session and this session.
We will be much delighted if the management can oblige our simple request.
GREAT IFE STUDENTS
ALUTA CONTINUA, VICTORIA ASCERTA!!!