Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has directed the management of State Polytechnic (Kwara Poly), Ilorin to reduce its tuition fees for 2017/2018 academic session from the earlier one announced by the institution.
The governor, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede said the approval was “in line with the recommendations of the Committee he set up to conduct an investigation into the tuition fees of the polytechnic”.
The committee was made of members of the State House of Assembly and officials of relevant ministries reportedly submitted its report on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Akorede said “with the approval, ND I indigenous students of the polytechnic will now pay N50,000 as against the N62,700 initially charged by the school management. ND II students who are indigenes, will pay N38,000 against the N52,000 previously approved by the school management.
“Also, indigenous HND 1 students will pay N55,500 as against the N69,200 initially approved by the management, while HND II students will pay N43,000 against the initially approved N58,500”.
The governor’s media aide said similarly, a reduction had been done in the tuition fees to be paid by Part Time students of the institution, both indigenes and non-indigenes pointing out that the State Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology had therefore been ordered to ensure implementation of the revised school fees.
The hike in fees agt the polytechnic had generated sharp reactions from gthe students who cried foul on the matter and marched to the State House of Assembly asking that the house should wade into the fees with a view to reduce it.
In another development, the governor has conceded to the request by the State Committee on Religious Matters to investigate the circumstances leading to the attack on worshippers in the churches on by Monday, January 1, 2018, in Taiwo Isale Area of Ilorin, the state capital by suspected miscreants.
Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, who made this known in a statement said the Committee, under the Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship of Alhaji M. S. Koro and Chief P. A. O Olorunisola respectively, was saddled with the responsibility of unravelling the remote and immediate causes of the mayhem.
It was also asked to ascertain the level of damages done to lives and properties, as well as identify the culprits in the crises and make adequate recommendations to Government. The Committee is expected to submit its report within two weeks.