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Medical students take protest to Ogun House

27 February 2014, 14:50

Abeokuta - Medical students of   Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye,  on Tuesday protested against what they called "illegal fees"  allegedly imposed by the institution’s management.

The angry protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions, visited the Ogun House of Assembly where they demanded the lawmakers’ intervention.

The placards had inscriptions such as "Injustice is cruel and it breeds anger.’’ "We will not pay illegal school fees" and  "Stop this unnecessary student extortion."

Yemi Adegbesan, the President of the OOU Medical Students Association, claimed that the university had asked them to pay "extra two years illegal fees."

According to him, the medical school curriculum runs for six years which  requires payment  for six sessions with or without strike  by academic or non-academic staff of the institution.

"We had on December 17, 2013 written a petition to the House on the issue,  but up till now  nothing has been done and that is why we are back," he said.

Adegbesan pleaded with the House to urgently wade into the matter as "time is not on the side of the final year students."

Addressing the protesters, the Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi, assured them that the matter would be investigated with a view to finding a lasting solution to it.

Adekunbi, however, warned  the students not to resort to self  help, saying:

 - NAN

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