STUDENTS of Osun State College of Education (OSCE), Ilesa, Osun State last Thursday held the lecturers and management of the institution to ransome while protesting the suspension of the students’ activism and imposition of illegal fees.
The students, who arrived the college as early as 7am, locked out the lecturers and other members of staff of the college, including the college Provost, Mr. E. O Awosolu.
Professor Awosolu, who was short of words, could not respond to any of the questions put to him by OSUN DEFENDER, as he only replied that he had nothing to say.
However, reports made available to the medium revealed that the provost, at a meeting of the management, instead of mobilizing the authority towards dealing with the problem, said that he had only a vote in the matter and resolved to maintain the status quo.
A student of the college, Mr. Akintunmi Alade who claimed to be a senator in the proscribed students’ union said that the decision of the management to monetize all activities in the school are detriment to the students.
He also disclosed that it was a criminal act for the management to charge extra thousands naira on the students who pay their schools fees instalmentally, saying that initial increment from N3,500 to N13,500 still has negative impact on many indigent students.
Alade further disclosed that the college authority suspended students’ unionism on the campus because of its sinister plan, adding that only departmental governors were allowed to speak for students on the campus.
According to him, it was when the governors could no longer bear the situation that they called on the whole students body to rise up and fight for their rights, which was responsible for the crisis.
The student-activist maintained that peace would not reign in the institution until the management and other stakeholders, and departmental governors meet and iron out the illegal N1,000 charged the students of the college.
At the time OSUN DEFENDER visited the campus, all the lecturers and other members of staff of the college were peacefully escorted out of the college campus.
An elderly parent, who spoke with the medium on the issue, berated the college management over its extortion of the innocent students, who are still struggling to come to term with the recent fee increment.
The parent however, called on the state government to intervene in the situation and sanction the college authority over its illegal acts.
According to the source, it was time we start doing things the right way, I mean the government should deal with the authority rather than witch-hunting the students who are victims of illegal extortion.