Scores of students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, trooped out to the streets of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Tuesday to protest an increment in the tuition fee by management of the university.
CAMPUS GIST gathered that the students, as early as 6:30 a.m., locked the institution’s campus gates in Osogbo and Ogbomoso to protest the increment.
The closure temporarily disrupted the free flow of vehicular movement and also grounded day-to-day activities in the school.
The protesting students were armed with placards with various inscription rejecting the hike, while policemen monitored the situation to prevent hoodlums from hijacking it.
They said the new fee regime of between N200,000 and N250,000 per student was unacceptable, describing it as “a manifestation of the insensitivity of the governments of the two states.”
One of the leaders of the protesting students, Israel Fawole, who is also the Chairman of Save Education Group and Reopen LAUTECH Students’ Coalition, denounced the hike saying the increment was an attempt to privatize education.
LAUTECH is jointly owned by the governments of Oyo and Osun states.