In a noteworthy instance of administrative benevolence, the governing body of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), situated in Ile-Ife, has judiciously revised the miscellaneous fees due from its student population. This commendable decision ensued post a comprehensive dialogue between the University’s executive management and the representatives of the Student Union on the 25th of September 2023.
Striving for Compromise: A Prolonged Dialogue
The protracted discussion was an initiative of the University’s administration in response to the numerous appeals and demonstrations led by the Student Union, advocating for a substantial reduction in the preliminary fees sanctioned by the University. The leadership of the Student Union steadfastly insisted on a 50% reduction in the approved charges. However, the University’s management staunchly clarified that the revised charges are the fundamental minimum essential for maintaining operational efficiency within the institution.
Announcement of Revised Charges
With an understanding and considerate approach, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire, cordially proclaimed a structured reduction in the previously declared charges. The revisions are detailed as follows:
- Humanities Students:
- Returning students will now remit ₦76,000, a decrease from the initial ₦89,200.
- Fresh students will pay ₦131,000, revised from the initial ₦151,200.
- Sciences and Technology Students:
- The revised fee for returning students is ₦86,000, down from ₦101,200.
- New enrollees will now contribute ₦141,000, a reduction from the previous ₦163,200.
- Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences Students:
- Returning scholars in these faculties will remit ₦109,000, instead of the initial ₦128,200.
- Newly admitted students are obliged to pay ₦164,000, a decrease from the former ₦190,000.
Facilitation of Payment: Structured Approach
Acknowledging the diverse financial capacities of the students, the University’s management has also accorded the flexibility of remitting the payments in two equal segments. Consequently, to facilitate a smooth transaction, the University’s portal has been activated and is now accessible for students to commence their payments.
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