The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka has said that the increment of hostel accommodation fees should not cause a problem since living in halls of residence is optional.
Prof. Olayinka said this during an Interactive Session held yesterday with Faculty Presidents and Secretaries, Campus Journalists and others at the Senate Building, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
It should be recalled that the University management recently released a new hostel and school fees schedule which has attracted complaints and demonstrations by students and stakeholders due to its outrageous increase from #14,000 to #30,000 for the Undergraduate halls, #40,000 for medical students in Alexander Brown Hall and #120,000 for students in Post graduate hall.
While the VC disclosed that the University is no longer in the financial capacity to subsidize the halls of residence which the Federal Government had long ceased to fund adequately, he said that maintaining each student in the Hall (Undergraduate) costs about #59,000 each session.
The VC stated clearly that the basic obligation of each student is to register, pay school fees and attend lectures as he urged those present to plead with their colleagues to cooperate with the management.
While the meeting achieved no success, Olayinka in his response to some of the questions, promised to present the pleas of the students to the Senate while he warned that embarking on a protest and having the school locked is at the detriment of the academic calender.
He said, “I am a man under authority. The fees were fixed by the Senate and your pleas will be taken back to them but if students do not cooperate and decide to protest, heaven will not fall”.
Meanwhile, the University is to hold a Stakeholders Forum on Tuesday to further address the situation.