Students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akure (AAUA) on Monday marched into the streets in protest of a 500 percent increment in tuition fees.

Armed with placards and chanting vociferously, the students protested in Akure, the state capital, leading to a gridlock and slowing down commercial activities.

Sola Imoru, the institution’s head of information, had detailed the new fees in a statement.

The new breakdown goes thus: “Faculties of Arts and Education- Fresh Students: N150,000, returning Students: N120,000, Faculties of Science, Agric, Social and Mgt. Sciences- Fresh Students: N180, 000, returning Students: N150, 000 Others include Faculty of Law- Fresh Students: 200,000, returning Students: N150, 000.”

Boluwatife Michael, a student of the institution, said his mother urged him to protest when she learned about the increment.

He shared on Twitter: “When I called my mum to tell her about the school fees hike. She started laughing, I know it’s not because it’s funny, rather pitiable. Then she said ‘sheyb you know I’m the only one. Are you guys protesting?'”

Another student, Kolawole, Olawunmi, described the new tuition fees as “unrealistic”.

The tuition fees were as low as N25,000 before the hike.

The students have been sharing updates from the protest on Twitter.



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