The management of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, on Monday, shut down the institution indefinitely and ordered the indefinite postponement of resumption of students for the 2023/2024 academic session.
FUTA students had blocked the gates of the institution protesting against the decision of the management of the university to increase tuition fees.
The students insisted that the increment be reversed.
The President of FUTA Students Union Government, Olayemi Oluwasoromidayo, disclosed that the students’ union body met with the management many times but the management refused to accede to their demand, leading to the protest.
He pointed out that the management had increased the school fees to over N200,000 for new students, while old students who were paying N35,000 would now pay N130,000.
A statement signed by the institution’s Director, Corporate Communication, Adegbenro Adebanjo, directed all students currently on campus and in hostels within the university to vacate them within 24 hours.
The management has also directed that registration of returning students via the university portal and payment of fees by all returning students for the new academic session via the portal scheduled to begin on Monday, January 15, 2024 be put on hold.
“It is important to state that the university did not open the portal for registration for returning students for the new session contrary to what was being bandied in the public domain.
“On the proposed new fees and charges, they are mainly for students related services which are sourced from the economy. And the costs of such goods and services provided by the university for the students will certainly be impacted by costs of goods and services in the economy.
“To ensure smooth running of the university, certain consumables and payments for municipal services such as electricity, water, hostel maintenance and cleaning and sundry other services are necessary and the costs of providing the services have shot up and the new charges are in response to this,” the statement said.
Adebanjo added that other costs that were adjusted as a result of the economic reality included medical examination for all new students, biometric ID cards and Tertiary Institutions Students Health Insurance Programme (TISHIP) administered by NHIS for students and final year book.
“It is important to say that tuition is free and no money is being charged as tuition fee.