Osun State government has warned students to shun unfounded rumours and frivolous protests that are capable of causing crisis violating the peace of the society.
This caution is coming on the heels of the recent protest by students of the institutions in the state on the alleged rumour that school fees have been increased by the state government.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lani Baderinwa denied the allegation saying, there has not been increment in tuition fees in any of the state owned tertiary institutions.
While acknowledging the constitutional right to protest, Baderinwa called on the students to display maturity, sense of responsibility and reality of the situation at hand in their protests.
on the people.”
The Commissioner said only ancillary fees were increased by institutions’ authorities based on some considerations.
“As at today, the tuition fee of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and the College of Technology, Esa-Oke remains N25, 000 while that of Osun State College of Education, Ilesa and Ila-Orangun is still N20, 000.
“It is pertinent to remind the people that the Aregbesola government, at its inception and without being persuaded in 2011 reduced the tuition fees of all the state owned tertiary institutions from N45,000 to N25,000. Since the reduction in 2011, the government has not put a penny on the tuition fees.
“Government wishes to state that the managements of the tertiary institutions are at liberty to fix extraneous fees and are responsible for its regulation.
Mr Baderinwa reiterated the commitment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration to promoting functional and affordable education, the manifestation of which is the improvement in the standard of education in the state.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo