TASUED Protest: Amosun Assures Students of Govt Intervention, Says education in tertiary institutions cannot be free

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun yesterday assured protesting students of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, that his government would interface with the management of the institution towards resolving what they described as unacceptable policies of the school authority.

Addressing the students at the M.K.O Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, Amosun said even though most of the issues raised by the students are administrative, the government would intervene and seek lasting solution to them.

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The governor, who had joined the students on the street and walked with them to the stadium, revealed that education in the state’s public primary and secondary schools is free but however added that “education in our tertiary institutions cannot be free, even though, we can subsidise it.”

He said there was no basis for comparison of the Pa Obafemi Awolowo era of free education with that of the present government, because “the population then cannot be compared with what we have now.”

On the alleged non-payment of subvention to the school, Amosun stated that, even though the subvention had been reduced, due to the dwindling resources of the state, it has always been paid regularly.

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Earlier, the Students Union President, Sunny Raman Adeyemi spoke on the challenges of the students, which included increment in acceptance, registration and vocational training fees.

Students, who spoke to the media said they were satisfied with the assurances of the governor, who according to them addressed them as a father.

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