YABATECH School Fees Increase: Student Groups Protest, Demands for Immediate Reversal

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Students under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian students and the Alliance of Nigerian students against Neo-liberal Attacks have stormed Yaba college of Technology to protest the “anti-student” policies in the institution.

The student groups alleged the management of incessant increment in the institution’s tuition fees, proscription of the student Union Government, and the suspension of 21 students last year over their alleged roles in a protest last year.

In a recent protest, students from within and outside the institution converged at the gate with placards bearing various inscriptions like; “Bring back our comrades”, “we say no to increment in our school fees,” “Recession in the land, the increments must be reversed” among others. They also sang solidarity songs.

YABATECH School Fees Increase: Student Groups Protest, Demands for Reversal

Before long, men of the Nigerian police force arrived at the scene in large numbers. Not bothered by the presence of security men, the students continued their protest until the Registrar of the institution and the Dean of Students Affairs, Mr Oladipo Ademola came to address the crowd.

He was said to have instructed them to come up with a seven man committee for a meeting with the management as he could not speak with them all. The Protesting students latter moved downed to the sport complex where members that made up the seven man committee were chosen.

Speaking with The Nation’s CampusLife, Akinola Abiodun, the director of Travel and Exchange of the National Association of Nigerian Students said the protest was to demand for a better deal for the students, requesting that the 21 students suspended last year and the proscribed Students Union Government be reinstated as well as a downward reversal of the increased fees.

He said: “In the last two years, there has been no students Union Government in this institution. During this period, the school fees has been increased twice. From #19,500 the fee was increased to #23,400 and to #34,000.

“For fresh students, the increment was from #23,000 to #35,000  and for the part-time students it was increased from 55,000 to 84,000. Most of the students have been tortured with this, some have had to defer their studies by a session to raise money.”

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He added that he was one of the students suspended for his involvement in the February 10, 2016 protest noting that they are all yet to be reinstated.

The General Secretary of the Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo-libral Attacks, Adeyeye Olorunfemi noted that his group joined the protest to express their disdain over the injustice meted on students in the school, adding that: “The acceptance fee has been increased from 10,000 to 20,000, this is a hundred percent increase. When we looked at the break down of the fee, we found some discrepancies for example is the medical examination and XRay.

“The Rector and other members of the management refused to come out, when we confronted the Medical director to explain the difference between the Media examination and the xray fee in the new school fee structure to us he ran away. Although the registrar has promised to look into all this.”

When CampusLife visited the Dean of Students Affairs, Mr Oladipo Ademola he declined giving comment on this. He claimed not to be aware of any protest on campus.

Also, all efforts to get the Public Relations Officer of the institution proved abortive. He was said to have attended a function, same we were told he was absent.

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