Students from various higher institutions across Ondo State on Monday, disrupted official activities at the State Scholarship Board located at Oke Eda/Alagbaka, Akure to protest anti – education policies of the Governor Akeredolu’s administration.
The aggrieved students in their hundreds trooped out to express sadness over non-payment of bursary, abolition of WEAC fee payment and scrapping of free education in primary and secondary schools and an alleged plot by the state government to increase tuition of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (the state owned University) from about forty thousand naira to two hundred thousand naira.
The students, who barricaded the popular Old Secretariat Road, Alagbaka/Oke Eda, Akure, carried placards with different inscription’s such as: “Governor Akeredolu Pay our Bursary, No School Fee Increment”, “Poor parents cannot Afford Huge Tuition Fee”,
“Akeredolu: stop your anti-education policies” and “No Payment of scholarship since you assumed office Yet You Are planning to Increase tuition”, “Akeredolu is a product of Awolowo’s free education, what is our offence”.
Speaking with newsmen, the president of the National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS), Comrade Olanrewaju Akeredolu and another students leader, Comrade Oluwaseun Ariwajoye said that the students were yet to enjoy bursary and scholarship since Governor Akeredolu assumed office last year’s February.
According to the students President, all efforts made by the NAOSS and NANS to meet the governor over their plight had failed and gave the state government 7-day ultimatum to ascend to the students’ demands or face a mega protest that would shut entire government’s activities in Akure.
Meanwhile, heavy Security men were on ground to forestall breakdown of law and order while efforts by top government’s officials led the SSA to the Governor on security matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojimo and the Permanent Secretary at the ministry of education, Reverend Akin Asaniyan to pacify the protesting students has so far failed.
Alhaji Dojimo however declined to speak with the press until he gets the permission of the Governor.