Students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, yesterday protested against the introduction of insurance and ICT fees in the institution.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the placard-carrying protesting students were seen marching from the south campus to the north campus, singing solidarity songs.
A NAN correspondent reports that the protest disrupted human and vehicular activities in the institution with classrooms locked.
The students also barricaded all the entry points into the campus. They demanded for the presence of the Student Union president whom they accused of being behind the introduction of the fees.
A student of the Geology Department, Temitayo Oyewole, said he was aware of the introduction of the new fees.
According to him, there was no reason for the Student Union Government (SUG) to agree with the authorities for the students to pay such fees.
“As a student I am affected. After paying the school fees, I will still have to pay extra, N10, 000 for ICT and insurance fees,” he said.
Another student, who pleaded for anonymity, said that the protest was necessary because there was no reason for the fees.
“We are protesting for our right and also fighting our cause. Due to the economic situation some of our parents cannot afford to pay this fee after paying the school fees,”he said.
NAN reports that none of the student union executive members was available as all efforts to contact them proved abortive.
The polytechnic’s spokesman, Soladoye Adewole, said the matter was between the students and their union executives.
“The students were protesting against the programme of the SUG. The SUG introduced a programme and the students said they were not interested.”
Adewole said the management would look into the matter.
Source: The Nation