Authorities of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti have announced the closure of the institution for two weeks following a protest by the students over N5,000 late registration fee.
The institution had announced that late payment of school fees would attract a N10,000 penalty fee, but the students expressed their dissatisfaction. This made the management reduce the fee to N5,000.
On Tuesday morning April 11, protesting students, carrying placards came out in their numbers to protest the fees, which they said were unbearable and amounted to extortion.
The students blocked the main gates, preventing both students and lecturers from gaining entrance into the university.
The Students’ Union Government Public Relations Officer, Dotun Ogunsanya, who described the fees as an extortion, said, “This is more worrisome especially that we do not enjoy any facility in the school. There has not been power supply within and outside the university premises for many years now.”
A statement by the Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, said: “The Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Prof. Edward Olanipekun, on behalf of the university senate, has approved the suspension of academic activities on campus for two weeks with effect from today (April 11).
“Parents and guardians are hereby advised to invite their children and wards home immediately.
“Any student found wandering around the university premises does so at his/her own risk.”