The governor said he ordered the Polytechnic management to reduce the fees by N5000 because of the current economic challenges in the country.
Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed has ordered Kwara state polytechnic authorities to reduce its current fees by N5000.
This is coming after the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki condemned the school management over what he described as their deliberate attempt to mislead and confuse the Kwara state government.
Reacting to the school fees crisis on his Facebook page, the state governor said in recognition of the current economic challenges facing families in the country, he has ordered the management of Kwara State Polytechnic to reduce its current fees by N5000.00.
In recent days, our Government has become aware of complaints by students, parents and stakeholders regarding the alleged increase in Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, fees.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Kwara State Polytechnic has not only maintained the fees charged in the 2016/2017 academic session, it has also effected a N5000 reduction in the fees payable in the 2017/2018 session.
Nevertheless, I have taken serious note of the concerns expressed by stakeholders in the state, including the Senate President, His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, about students, guardians and parents' capability to pay the specified fees.
Having considered the above and recognizing the current economic challenges facing families in the country, I hereby urge the management of Kwara State Polytechnic to reduce its current fees by N5000.00.
While thanking those who intervened in this misunderstanding with a view to an amicable solution, the public is hereby invited to note that the Kwara State Polytechnic relies on school fees to meet it's obligations to students and staff.
The Students' Protests
The Polytechnic students had in November took to the streets to protest the increment in their tuition fees.
The protesting students' resisted the new fees shouting they won't pay N30,000 while some of their placards suggested the tuition fee now ranges between N72,000 and N89,7000 as one of the placards reads “say no to N89,700, N72,000, N85,200''