Social and commercial activities were paralysed in parts of Akure, the Ondo State capital when a student of the State-owned tertiary institutions went on the rampage over the hike in school fees by the management of the institutions.
The students across tertiary who congregated at the popular Oba Adesida/ Oyemekun demanded the reduction of their school fees.
The students from the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA) and the State University of Science and Technology(OSUSTECH) Okitipupa have disrupted the free flow of traffic while the protest lasted.
Both AAUA and OSUSTECH had been under lock and key since April following a series of protests on campus over hike in the school fees by the management.
Throughout the period of the protest, vehicular movement and commercial activities were paralyzed.
It was observed that some of the students were seen playing football along the road, while others sing solidarity songs.
The students carried different placards with inscription such as; ‘No Reduction, No Resumption’; ‘Akeredolu Reduce or Resign’; Education Must Be Free’; ‘ Say No To N250,000 ‘
The President of the AAUA student union, Mr Samuel Adesomoju who spoke with reporters said the protest would continue until Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu reduce the fees.
Adesomoju maintained that the current fees of N250,000 which was increased last year has not brought any infrastructural development to institutions in the state.
His words ”We are here this morning to make our demand known once again.
”We are telling Governor Akeredolu that our school fees must be reduced now because there will be no resumption unless the fees are reduced.
”It is our right to have education but the governor is gradually taking it away from us with his policies.