Three higher institutions in the Southwestern part of Nigeria were shutdown within last week. Two universities in Ondo State and a Federal College of Agriculture in Ibadan, Oyo State all close down after students staged protests concerning different issues. The two Ondo universities were closed after the students protested on the issue of their tuition fee while the Federal College students protest was on the non-accreditation of some of the institution’s courses.
On 24th of April, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State (AAUA) had its students protesting over the new No School Fee, No Test Rule. The students barricaded the road at its main entrance leading to other parts of the state and the country. The School Management then pronounced a short mid-term break for the students after the protest. The students had blamed the VC and Pro-Chancellor for their ordeals.
Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa, was also shutdown the same week its counterpart in the States’ North senatorial district had been shutdown. The students who were said to pay between 150,000 to 200,000 naira protested after the School Management refused to decrease their tuition fee despite paying the same amount in their first year. This led to a protest by the students whereby the major road leading to Igbokoda was barricaded. The School Management then ordered the students to vacate the university premises after its Student Union Government had submitted a letter. The students are to resume back on Monday, May 13, 2019.
The Management of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation Ibadan, on Monday declined that the institution had been shut down with immediate effect. This is coming few hours after students of the institution staged a peaceful protest over non-accreditation of their courses. The protest, disrupted the second semester examination billed to commence on Monday, 6th of May, 2019. The School Management then ordered the students to vacate their halls of residence immediately while the management is working tirelessly to meet their demands.