Ekiti Varsity Shuts Down Over Late Registration Fee Protest
The management of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, on Tuesday, announced the suspension of all academic activities in the institution for two weeks.
The suspension followed a protest staged by the students over an imposed N5,000 late registration fee by the university.
The EKSU management had announced that late payment of school fees would attract a N10,000 penalty fee but the students expressed their dissatisfaction and this made the management reduce the fee to N5,000.
However, the students rejected the N5,000 reduction.
The protest, which started at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, had the students converge at the university’s main gate and were led by the Student Union President, Ogunsanya Dotun.
This led to the disruption of economic and vehicular movements within the university premises.
“No to Penalty Fees,” and “Late Registration Fee not for School with High Fees” were written on the placards carried by the students during the protest.
A statement by the Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs of the university, Mr Bode Olofinmuagun, made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, read, “The Vice-Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Professor 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.”