The authorities of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has defended its recent increment of the institution’s medical and acceptance fees, adding that the school took issue with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) notice to disrupt academic activities at the anex campus to protest the hike.
According to the institution, the management recalled that NANS President, Akpan Bamidele, had recently, at a peace meeting with the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, following the protest of Sept. 10, commended the VC for maintaining a cordial relationship with the students.
Speaking with pressmen, the institution’s spokesman, Godfrey Bakji stated that, “FUOYE hasn’t put up any significant increment of fees, except for medical and acceptance fees for justifiable causes. Our medical fees now has to be N10,000, while the acceptance fee is now N50,000.
“As to whether we can cope with a lower acceptance fee because we are a federal university, this is not true because the university met many uncompleted projects and we have had to complete them from our meagre resources.
“Examples include the Central Administration building and the Laboratory for which were given only half the sum by the government. There are also the newly completed hostel and the Engineering Workshop in Ikole, among other projects,” he explained.
“Apart from the acceptance fee and the medical fees that we have found so imperative to increase, we haven’t increased any fees outside what has been on ground. Any fees that are likely to be extra are fees at the department and faculty levels which have been suggested for practical workshops.
“So, while we acknowledge the public spiritedness of our critics, they will alsways do well to dwell on the larger picture and reality which the University has to contend with,” he added.