Drama As Ogun Polytechnic Students Block Abeokuta Road In Protest Over Increased School Fees

According to SaharaReporters, the many students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, embarked on a demonstration on Thursday morning to register their displeasure over the increase in their school miscellaneous costs by the authorities of the institution.

The trainees, in a video seen by SaharaReporters, in their demonstration sat on the Abeokuta Road on Thursday early morning, which led to a gridlock as automobiles could not move.

Policemen were also at the place as an officer was seen, appealing to the opposing trainees to leave the road so that the automobiles could move.

Talking with SaharaReporters, a Mass Communication student of the school said that the protest began because Monday and was meant to push house their demands.

He said that the purpose of the demonstration verged on outrageous various charges, ban on social life and bad roads which have claimed many lives of the students.

He said, “Apparently there are some fees that have been increased by the school management, such as collection of statement of outcomes which are outrageous for the trainees.

“Another thing is that the social life of trainees has actually been caged. Likewise, there are some bad roadways that have actually eliminated trainees and they are not fixed by the school management. They are not doing anything about it.

“These are the very same roadways that speakers ply also but very unfortunate they do not care about it. They have cars and we do not have. We get on bikes, which have actually taken lives of trainees as an outcome of mishaps.

“About, the trainees sitting on the road to protest, that really occurred on the 3rd day (Wednesday) when the heavily armed police officers prohibited us from opposing at our normal area, and we decided to go to the main roadway. Although there was no harassment from the policemen, no one was eliminated and none was injured.

“The NANS president came to come and resolve us and we moved to the location we used to have it. There has actually been a declaration from the school management that our grievances would be looked into.”

The school later in a statement said a contract had been reached with the students.

The Head, Public Relations and Protocol, Yemi Ajibola, said, “This is to notify all students, other stakeholders and the public of Moshood Abiola polytechnic, Abeokuta that regular academic activities will advance Thursday, 20th January, 2022 following the friendly resolution of the National Association of Nigerian Students’ (NANS) protest.”

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