The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has said that it is not planning to increase its tuition to N55,700.
It was gathered that OAU students currently pay between N19,700 and N33, 700 depending on their faculty.
In a statement on Tuesday, the OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, explained that the tuition had not been increased, saying the last time tuition was increased was three years ago.
He said, “The attention of the authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, have been drawn to a news item that ‘38 varsities increase tuition fees’, where OAU was listed among the universities that had increased their tuition fees.
“Although there may be paucity of funds from the Federal Government in running the institutions of higher learning, which might have prompted some universities to upwardly review their fees, the situation in OAU is quite different.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no meeting, either of the university management or the senate, where the fee increment was announced, and the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Tope Ogunbodede, has not contemplated on increasing any fee in OAU.
“In actual fact, his administration is poised to making the welfare of members of staff and students a topmost priority.”
He urged students and parents to disregard the information, adding that the new VC was committed to running a transparent administration.
“Accordingly, the VC has advised the students, their parents and, or guardians to completely disregard the unfounded rumour in the said news item. The administrative and academic affairs of OAU will not be run in secret. The VC will not renege on his pledge of running a very open and transparent administration,” he added.
He subsequently urged journalists to avoid reports that could plunge universities into avoidable crisis.