A month after reduction in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, school fees and barely three days to the Ondo State governorship election, the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has directed the management of Rufus giwa polytechnic Owo, Ondo to reduce the amount paid as tuition fees as a palliative measure to cushion the economic effect of the pandemic on the students.
This was contained in a circular signed by the institution public relations officer of the school, Samuel Ojo, dated October 7th 2020.
The slash, which will takes effect from 20120/2021 academic session, indicated all fresh science students for National Diploma (ND) are scheduled to pay sixty thousand and four hundred naira (N60,400.00) instead of the seventy thousand and six hundred naira (N70,600.00) for indigene and seventy-seven thousand and six hundred naira (N77,600.00) for non-indigene for previous session while the non-science based students are scheduled to pay fifty-seven thousand and four hundred naira (N57,400.00) instead of the sixty-seven thousand and one hundred naira (N67,100.00) for indigene and seventy-four thousand and one hundred naira (N74,100.00) for non-indigene for the previous academic session.
Similarly, all fresh science students for Higher National Diploma (HND) are scheduled to pay sixty-six thousand and four hundred naira (N66,400.00) instead of the seventy-seven thousand and six hundred naira (N77,600.00) for indigene and eighty-six thousand naira (N86,000.00) for non-indigene for previous session while the non-science based students are scheduled to pay sixty-two thousand naira (N62,000.00) instead of the seventy-two thousand and seven hundred naira (N62,700.00) for indigene and eighty-one thousand and one hundred naira (N81,100.00) for non-indigene for the previous academic session.
In interviews with our reporter, the incumbent SUG president of the institution, Ehiniyi Godwin(pka comrade comrade) said the definite mindset of every Governors is toward selfish goal and the said reduction is not yet implemented. He further said , since the governor has said he is talk and do, definitely he will act on it.
Godwin Ehiniyi also used the avenue to sympathies with the students who had dropped out from the institution (RUGIPO) due to lack of paying the new tution fees.
In his own , the chairman council of governors, Oluyede Adeleke Micheal said with reason the management of Rufus giwa polytechnic have plan towards the reduction of school fees all because they want something that will relief the Students, guidance/parents. Moreso, to increase the population of the institution.
” I don’t think the governor can hike it, because the governor is talk and do, Rufus Giwa polytechnic school fees has be reduced by 30% before is now again by 15%.”
Oluwafemi Gbemisola an HND1 student from the department of Banking and finance said she cannot call it reduction. In her words: “I can’t even call it reduction because it isn’t at all. Seeing how it was increased in the first instance, this deduction is unbelievable and it’s political from my own perspective.
She added that there’s no man in his right sense would reduce school fees few days to election with intention for students to believe he’s doing great and there’s a possibility of increasing it back if re-election.
Supporting this, a HND 2 student of mass communication Ayodele Tobi Samuel and former SUG PRO, opined that the change is occasioned by political intent.
Ayodele in corroborating his point said since the hike in tution fees ,the school had lost a lot students, citing his department as an example.
“The funniest part of this whole story is him reducing the school fees partly, ‘die-minute’ to the gubernatorial election. It is so evident that he took the action to lure the people of Ondo state to vote him in for the second time. “
The Chairman of National Association of Nigerian Students, JCC Ondo axis, Comr. Akintewe Babatunde Afeez (Babtee), while giving his account of the incident in a chat, assured the students that the action is devoid of political intent. He also appreciated the school governing council and the state Governor for the reduction and used the avenue to debunk rumour saying the reduction is political.
” We don’t care if it is political or not , our own interest is that it was reduce and that’s all. It’s in our general interest as Nigerian students, a struggle that our younger ones matriculating would benefit from onwards.
Other students who spoke on anonymity appreciated the school governing council and others who make the reduction possible.