Ogun Shuts Onabanjo Varsity

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 24th, 2014

Ogun State government has directed the Governing Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, to close down the university immediately.

The government also advised all parents whose wards are students of the university to immediately call them to order as the government will not tolerate any act that will disturb peace being enjoyed by people of the state.

In a statement signed by Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Secretary to the State Government, the decision to shut the university was taken in the overall interest of peace and order as the students of the university have continued to issue threats while rejecting all entreaties and concessions made by the government on their various demands concerning the recently announced reduction of school fees.

The government had on August 12 after extensive deliberations involving the leadership of the student unions in the 10 state-owned tertiary institutions, heads of the institutions and government representatives, announced reductions in school fees by as high as 61 per cent.

The government also abolished the indigene/non-indigene dichotomy in the school fees regime and announced the 2014-2015 academic session as commencement period for the policy.

However, while students in nine of the ten institutions commended the government for its decisions, OOU students insisted that the new school fees regime should take effect from the 2013/2014 academic session and that the fees should be further reduced.

The OOU students premised their position on the fact that they are currently running the 2013-2014 academic session, which will end in January. They also rejected the fact presented by students of other institutions that they are also in the same situation, as some of them will only be concluding the 2013-2014 session in December.

The government had also sought to convince the students that it could not afford to bear the financial implication of commencing the implementation of the new school fees regime, as it will cost the government over N2 billion.

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