OAU Announces Tuition Fee Reduction Amidst Student Protests

University Management and Student Union Leaders Reach Agreement on New Fee Structure

In a recent development, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has declared a significant reduction in its tuition fees. This decision comes after the university’s recent increment in fees, which led to widespread discussions and concerns among the student community.

The announcement was made by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, who stated that the decision was a result of a prolonged meeting between the university’s management and the leadership of the Students Union. The meeting was convened in response to the Students Union’s persistent calls for a fee reduction following the university’s initial fee increment announcement.

While the Students Union leaders were firm in their demand for a 50% reduction in fees, the university’s management emphasized that the revised charges were the bare minimum required for the institution’s efficient operation.

Subsequently, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Bamire, announced the new fee structure. For students in the Humanities, the initial fee of N89,200 for returning students has been reduced to N76,000. New students in the same faculty will now pay N131,000, down from the initial N151,200. Students in the Sciences and Technology faculties will now pay N86,000, a reduction from the initial N101,200, while new students in these faculties will pay N141,000, down from N163,200. Additionally, returning students in the Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences will now pay N109,000, a decrease from the previous N128,200. New students in these faculties will pay N164,000, a reduction from the initial N190,000.

Furthermore, in a move to ease the financial burden on students, the university’s management has agreed to allow fee payments in two equal installments. The university’s payment portal has been reopened for students to commence their payments.

This decision by OAU’s management is seen as a significant step in addressing the concerns of the student community and ensuring that quality education remains accessible to all.

Back to top button