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Bayelsa State University Otuoke Shuts Down

Federal University, Otuoke, In Bayelsa state, Nigeria, saw it’s own share of unrest, as students of the institution marched out in
protest?on Thursday?against a hike in school fees, harsh learning environment and high-handedness of the institution?s
authorities.
image-slider-1 (1)The students say their school fees had been increased to N85,000 for their members in the Humanities, and N90, 000 for
science students. They also cited other problems in the institution, including poor hostel accommodation as well as lack of
electricity and potable water.
They say the ban on student Union activities in the school by the authorities is unacceptable. And that the
constant harassment by soldiers drafted to guard the private hotel of Patience Jonathan, the First Lady, must be stopped.
Speaking with saharareporters, a female student said,
“We want the school fees to be reduced to tally with other federal universities,? stressing that second year students of other
universities are paying N35,000 while FUO students have to pay N85,000.
“We want the educational system to continue the way it is to enable us proceed to Year Three. We have been in Year One since
2012.? Despite the fact that we didn’t join the ASUU strike, they refused to allow us to make progress.
“They refuse to allow us to have the Student Union Government (SUG) so that we won’t be able to speak out. We have been in
Year One since 2012?since we gained admission into this university. Now they are asking us to go for another six months?
vacation”.
In a statement on the issue, the Vice Chancelor of the institution, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, denied the increase in school fees.
Here is the VC’s statement

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