The official resumption of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, for the 2013/2014 academic session was disrupted yesterday, as students of the institution continued another round of demonstration to protest hike in tuition fees.
It was reported that the aggrieved students, who had before the closure of the institution about a month ago, protested the new hike in fees, resumed their action on Monday, insisting that the management should revert to the old fees.
In their latest demonstration, the students allegedly shut the Senate building and other key structures on the campus, causing panic within the university community.
According to the Students’ Union President, Ibikunle Isaac, the protest would continue unabated until the management returned to status quo, the SUG president condemned what he termed obnoxious increment in the tuition fees, stressing that education should not be made the exclusive preserves of the rich.
“Our message to the vice chancellor and the Deputy Vice Chancellor is that Great Ife students are demanding total reversal of school fees. This is a warning protest, our aluta is peaceful, we don’t carry out any attack in OAU, but the management should know that the increment in the fee is unjustifiable,” he said.