The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has announced a reduction in the recently increased fees for students.
According to a statement issued by Abiodun Olarewaju, the varsity spokesperson, on Monday, the decision followed a meeting the university management had with the leadership of the students union.
He said the meeting followed several agitations by the students union for a reduction of the initial charges approved by the university.
The statement said the students union leaders were adamant that the charges be reduced by 50 percent.
Olarewaju said Adebayo Bamire, the vice chancellor of OAU, however, readjusted downward the sundry charges payable by the students of the varsity.
“For the students in Humanities, the initial sundry charges of N89,200 for returning students have been reduced to N76,000,” the statement reads.
“While the new students in the Humanities, the initial fees of N151,200 have been reduced to N131,000.
“For those in the Sciences and Technology, the initial charges of N101,200, for returning students is now N86,000 while the new students in the same Faculties will now pay N141,000 as against the initial N163,200.”
In the same vein, the returning students in the Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences would now pay N109,000, instead of N128,200.
He said the new students in the same faculties would now pay N164,000 instead of the initial charges of N190,000.
The statement added that the university management had agreed that the payment could be in two equal installments.
OAU was among the public universities to hike fees a few months ago — in a development that attracted protests across some campuses.
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) earlier reduced its fees following protests from students and a meeting with the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
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