Ogun - The Joint Action Front (JAF) has declared its support for students at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) in Ogun State after they demanded a reduction in school fees.
The scholars are demanding that fees be pegged at N50 000 across the board.
The group said it was in total agreement with the demands by the OOU Students’ Union that the fee reduction regime announced by the Ogun State Government was too minimal to translate into any fundamental relief to the vast majority of students, who are from the background of the poor and working class families.
Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, had shut the institution following violent mass protest by the student.
JAF said it considers as fraudulent the pronouncement by the Ogun State Government that the new fees regime will commence in the next academic session.
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"We see this as a desperate attempt by the Ibikunle Amosun anti-poor Government to hoodwink the mass of Ogun State voters in the wake of the 2015 general elections.
The JAF wished to reiterate the Ogun State Government should not only reduce the fees to N50 000 but also adequately fund the OOU and all other levels of education in the state, in order to ensure that the poor and working class have good education at all levels as a right.
It urged the leadership of the students union not to enter into any rotten compromise with the Ogun State Government and the Management of the OOU,but should remain steadfast as victory is achievable.
"The students union should be prepared to organise a series of mass activities to popularize their demands among the populace and compel the government to accede to the demands," it said.
- CAJ News