I want to use this platform and medium to beg all Edolites to please help us (AAU students) beg Comrade Adams Oshiomole and AAU Ekpoma Management to please reduce our school fees to what older students are paying.
Before we got admission letter last session, school fees were not above N50,000 and acceptance fee was not above N50,000 also.
Only God knows what made the Comrade Governor increase those fees by over 200% to N170,000 and lowest fee N98,500 and acceptance fee rose to N70,000 and N63,000 minimum.
We were told in our school portal that the fee was only due for the first year and from second year we would be paying what others are paying N47,000 and N35,500 minimum charges, only for us to assume now and it has been speculated around campus that we will still have to pay over the N100,000 + school fees even in this hard economy recession.
The Comrade Governor said last year when commissioning buildings in AAU college that,
"education is not for the poor”.
I stand to be corrected if he’s not part of the free education schemes of the 70s and 80s, how would he dare to say to parents, who spend millions to celebrate marriages, burial ceremony and birthday parties and cannot afford to pay over N200k for school fees.
I stand to be corrected that not one person in the middle class or an average Nigerian can spend as much in celebration and most of those events are organised by family members.
Now, he built a university in Iyamo which only the elites can afford for their kids and left Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in a comatosed state, with inadequate infrastructures and poor management.
I don’t understand why they want the majority of Edolites to withdraw from schools and go onto the streets.
Our immediate senior colleague's are paying N40,000 + and they want us to pay over N100,000 + when we have the same lecturers teaching us and we are managing the same infrastructures that are not adequate for learning.
Meeting with the new Dean of students, he let us to know that lecturers are being owed 4months salaries.
I am curious as to when students were paying N40,000 +.over the years, they never owed a single lecturer, so how come when over 8000 students are paying over N100,000 each, the last session management is now owing money. We are told that we don’t have a right to peaceful protest against the school management, that anyone involved in a protest would be dealt with.
My plea is that Edolites should please beg this out going government to be considerate in this hard economy and to allow us to pay what other senior colleague's are paying as over 75% are yet to complete last session payment to date.
Please help Edolites go to school! Our future is not certain without influence after going through the huddles of a university system in Nigeria, yet they still want to make it unaffordable… Help the youth of Edo State.
#mdo #ReduceOurFees #ambrosealliuniversity
Author: Precoius Osasu