Students from various tertiary institutions in Ogun State have expressed their appreciation to the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration for the drastic reduction in school fees and inauguration of Governing Councils in all their schools.
The government had earlier this week announced a reduction of about 61 percent in the school fees of all state-owned higher schools of learning and presentation of 13 new buses to them as well as federal government-owned tertiary institutions in the state.
The students, who arrived the Arcade Ground, Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan on a solidarity visit, describing the gesture as the first by any government in the state.
In their respective remarks, Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun State Chapter, Ogunsola Okikiola, Speaker, Students Representative Council, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Oniyide Akeem, Students Union Government (SUG) President,Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Comrade Sunday Osas, SUG President, College of Health Technology, Ilese, Fasade Nelson and SUG President, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Kehinde Awosanya, among other student leaders, expressed gratitude on behalf of the entire students for the action.
This was just as some students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, also came to the governor’s office to request that the reduction take immediate effect.
Okikiola described Amosun as an exceptional leader with listening ears who acceded to their pleas without raising dust, adding that the 61 percent reduction in schools fees from what he inherited from the previous administration has put smiles on the faces of the entire students in the state.
“What the governor has done opened a new phase in the history of Ogun. That is why we are here to appreciate him. He acceded to our request without any initial crisis. He reduced our school
fees drastically, constituted efficient governing council in various schools, appointed special assistant on students affairs and even gave brand new buses to all higher institutions in the state, including federal schools.
He has also gone as far as approving the payment and disbursement of our bursary.
“These achievements are coming during our time, especially when some of us are students leaders. They are a plus to us and they are not done for us only but for our parents also.
“All we have to do now is to support the second term ambition of the governor so that these good works will continue,” he said.
Special Assistant on Students Affairs, Comrade Clement Olusegun, who led the crowd in composing an appreciation song for the governor, said it is not business as usual in the Gateway State with the manner the leadership attends to the plights of various groups.
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela, while addressing the students on behalf of the governor disclosed that the Amosun administration would remain committed to the welfare of students, pointing out that, the foundation laying for modern hostels in the MAPOLY, which would be completed within six months, would be done in September.
The OOU, who sought an audience with the governor in his office had appealed that the implementation of the new fees regime take immediate effect.