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UI students protest hike in accommodation fees

Students of the University of Ibadan (UI) on Thursday embarked on a protest against a 114 per cent increment in their accommodation fees.

The accommodation fee was increased from N14,000 to N30,000.

The medical students are, however, expected to pay N40, 000.

It was gathered that the students, early morning of Thursday, locked some halls’ gates to express their displeasure over what they considered as “inhuman development” from the school authorities.

One of the affected medical students, who gave her name as Bolanle told journalists that, “All medical students are presently protesting against this hike. The ABH gate is presently under lock. The university increased the fee without any improvement in the state of things.”

Another student, who begged not to be named, disclosed that “nothing has been done as the reason for the increment. I doubt if this university is still a federal university.”

However, spokesman of the university, Mr. Toye Oladejo, who confirmed the development in an interview, said that the institution was aware of the plight of the students.

He noted that the students should endeavour to cooperate with the university to give them the best.

Oladejo who said that all hands were on the desk to address the issue, also stated that a meeting to be presided over by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Idowu Olayinka, has been fixed for next Tuesday.

The spokesman remarked that various stakeholders, including students, management, parents and alumni are expected to attend the meeting where issues bothering on the welfare, fees increment, among others would be discussed.

Oladejo said “The University of Ibadan is aware of the plight of the students, it is true that the students protested against the increment.

“We are aware; we want the students to cooperate with the university, a meeting has been slated for Tuesday next week. The meeting will have in attendance the VC, management, students, alumni partners and other stakeholders.”


About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.