Governors Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna State) and Makinde (Oyo State) Photo Collage: RipplesNigeria

Nigeria: Oyo reduces LAUTECH tuition by 25 percent, Kaduna raises KASU’s fees by 500 percent

*The Oyo State State Government has announced a 25 percent reduction in tuition for all students of the state-owned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology as the Kaduna State Government raises the state university’s fees by almost 500 percent

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Considering the stakeholders’ earlier pleading to reduction of the comparatively high students’ tuition in the state-owned university, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has announced a 25 percent reduction in tuition for all students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (ALUTECH), Ogbomoso.

ConsumerConnect gathered that prior to Makinde’s latest announcement to the Students’ Union members in Ogbomoso, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the students of the state university who are of Oyo State origin had paid N140,000 while non-indigenes paid N170, 000 respectively.

The governor further promised to prioritise needs of the institution to enhance smooth academic programme in the school.

According to him, “never again will a four-year programme turn into eight-year programme in the school.”

He explained that his administration awarded and completed the Under-G Road at the 2nd Gate of LAUTECH in order to curb unpleasant incidents happening along the expressway by the University’s main gate.

Makinde, therefore, urged the students to be dedicated to their studies and shun vices capable of sabotaging government’s efforts to make the school soar.

Earlier, Mr. Olabisi Olamide, Caretaker Chairman of the LAUTECH Students’ Union, to have commended the Oyo State Governor on his passion for the institution.

Olumide stated that his uncommon love for the institution has prompted his efforts and subsequent sole ownership of the institution by Oyo State.

Students protesting over hike in tuition in Kaduna

The students’ leader also requested the governor to further reduce the tuition, and called for introduction of more courses in the school academic programme, “now that the school has been converted to a conventional university.”

However, the students’ experience is relatively different in Kaduna State, as  Governor Nasir El-Rufai recently increased the tuition of the state-owed university, Kaduna State University (KASU) almost 500 percent, according to report.

El-Rufai had reviewed his state university’s tuition from N24,000 and N26,000 to N150,000 and N500,000, for indigenes and non-indigenes respectively.

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