The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has taken the unprecedented step of indefinitely postpone the resumption of the 2023/2024 academic session, as a result of widespread protests by students against a substantial tuition hike.
According to reports, the university management has issued a stern ultimatum, demanding that all students currently on campus and residing in university hostels to evacuate the premises within 24 hours.
Scheduled to commence the new academic session on Monday, students disrupted campus activities in protest against a tuition increase of over 300 percent.
The management, in a statement by the institution’s Director of Corporate Communication, Adegbenro Adebanjo, cited the decision as a precautionary measure aimed at ensuring the safety and security of both students and staff.
“It is important to say that tuition is free and no money is being charged as a tuition fee. To ensure the smooth running of the university, certain consumables and payments for municipal services such as electricity, water, hostel maintenance and cleaning, and sundry other services.
“The costs of providing the services have shot up and the new charges are in response to this.
“Other costs that were adjusted as a result of economic reality include medical examinations for all new students, biometric ID cards and Tertiary Institutions Students Health Insurance Programme, TISHIP, administered by NHIS for students and final yearbook.