Management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has announced an increase in tuition fee by over 200 per cent.
The hike will take effect from the 2018/2019 academic session which will commence on October 29.
According to a mail sent to students on Monday, October 16 and obtained by CAMPUS GIST, returning students who are indigenes of Oyo and Osun states are to pay N200,000 while non indigenes are to pay N250,000.
The new fee is against the N63,500 for returning students who are indigenes of Oyo and Osun states and N72,500 for non-indigenes.
The present 100 level students paid N120,000 for indigenes and N150,000 for non-indigenes as part of the resolution of the institution after the university strike that lasted for several months.
Recall that following the disagreement between the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) and the two states government (owners of the university), the university management approved an increase in tuition in July, 2018.
According to the university management, “the decision was made to meet the present financial realities the institution is facing.”
Students have continued to react to the increase.
“We can’t afford the new fees at this time, it is unrealistic. When workers are still fighting for increment in minimum wage, the university management came up with a hike. It is totally unacceptable and must be resisted,” a student told our correspondent in Ogbomoso.
The increment in fees seems to be the norm in Nigerian institutions of recent.
In April, medical students of the University of Ibadan protested over 100 per cent increase in accommodation fees.
Similarly, the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, increased its fees by over 200 per cent in April this year.