The Ondo State chapter of Congress of Young Intellectuals (CYI) has called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu not to reduce the hiked tuition fees for students at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko but called for total reversal to old fees.
CYI described AAUA and state government’s latest move as unrealistic and that it does not reflect the financial status of over 3 million people in Ondo State whose income are already overstretched, just as it aksed spiritual and community leaders including senior citizens to prevail on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to do the popular needful.
This was contained in a statement made available to PEARL News and other media houses, signed by CYI State General Secretary, Mrs. Funmi Owei.
It reads in part, “It is important to remind the government that the AAUA institution belongs to the entire people of Ondo State, as a deliberate instrument to develop the skills and intellectual expertise of our children so as to be valuable and competitive nationally and internationally.
“It is very unfortunate, callous and reprehensible that the Akeredolu government is utterly disconnected from the realities of the people of Ondo State by hiking fees and commercializing the common patrimony of the people at a time when the citizenry are already burdened by existing harsh economic realities”.
The statement stated further;
“Governance demands sacrifice and creativity, if this government reduces it’s wasteful spendings that have continually led to unfortunate capital flight, it would have saved money for education and health related programs that are beneficial to the people. It is an aberration if a state government cannot run a government that will be committed to the intellectual capacity development of its youths. This shows clearly that the government has no vision and care less about the future.
CYI statement also condemned government’s action noting that the consequences could make many students drop out of school and engaging in several deviant behaviours.
“Can’t this Akeredolu government see that crime and other social vices will soar if majority of these students drop out of school…?
There is no gain-saying the fact that Governor Akeredolu benefitted from Free Education but does not see any harm in depriving the poor from such opportunity. What we demand is total reversal to the old fees.
Government should be of free enterprise because service to humanity is the best work of life. He should also not forget that he made promises to the people of Ondo state when he was wooing their votes during electioneering period. He was eventually voted into power with the belief that he could perform better.” The statement concluded.
Congress of Young Intellectuals (CYI) is a renaissance group in Nigeria with the philosophy of reviving back the displaced stead of pride of the young generation, its values, decision-making and governance processes. It is also a special purpose vehicle meant to driving young Nigerians into becoming efficient, productive and to contribute meaningfully to the planning and development of the country’s economy and other spheres.