“IF A MAN HASN’T DISCOVERED SOMETHING HE WILL DIE FOR, HE ISN’T FIT TO LIVE” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
It is pertinent we make it known to the general public the take of National Association of Polytechnic students (NAPS) on the proposed hike in tuition fee, Federal polytechnic Ado Ekiti.
Last week Thursday being 6th December 2018, the leadership of NAPS led by the Senate President arrived Ado sequel to the invitation of the Rector to hold a meeting with NAPS regards the proposed increment and its rejection by the SUG, The meeting which was supposed to take place on Friday 7th December 2018 was later rescheduled upon our arrival a day before, the Rector stated it categorically that some people (NANS as claimed) called asking him not to hold meeting with anyone that he (the rector) should rather reschedule the meeting so they could be part of it because of the sudden change the leadership of NAPS couldn’t wait any further since the rescheduled date was Tuesday 11th December.
The leadership of NAPS however decided to do justice to the proposed increment by sitting over it and cut down some outrageous fee.Formerly it was N29,000 for science and N27,000 for non-science before the management proposed N50,000 for science and N47,000 for non-science,after carrying out our feasibility study, NAPS and the SUG President arrived at N34,500 for science and N32,500 for non-science which we both agreed that anything short of that would not be accepted.
It got to our notice that after the meeting with the management on Tuesday, regardless of the rigorous agitation the outcome was N45,000 for science and N42,000 non-science. We were reliably informed that NANS was represented by the Zone D Coordinator and some of his executives alongside ID Aluta.
We deem it necessary to make it known to the entire students’ populace that the latest development was reached by NANS not NAPS, there is no moral vindication for the outrageous with more than 70% increment, we should equally understand that Federal polytechnic Ado Ekiti is a Federal institution with reasonable IGR. Number of drop-out is on the increase and one of the factors responsible for this is increment and exorbitant charges.
In lieu of the above, the leadership of National Association of Polytechnic students (NAPS) wishes to express her dissatisfaction as regard the outrageous increment and seizes this opportunity to educate the minds of some self acclaimed comrades who wouldn’t stand firmly to oppose such unscrupulous act of management who are hell bent on extorting our students via exorbitant charges.
Lastly, since ID Aluta has decided to personalize all struggle in Ekiti state, i will advice him in his own interest to please for the last time desist from any of our polytechnic campuses in other to avoid trouble, we are aware of the role he played to avert the meeting that would have birthed a reasonable outcome.
Comrade Activist Sunday Adekanbi
National President of the Senate