The Kwara. State House of Assembly has directed the governor, Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmdd and the management of the management of the state Polythecnic to stop the new increase of fees in the school forthwith..
The fee-hike had attracted negative reactions from the public including the students who had embarked on series of street protests against the fees which jumped from the ranges of
N35,000 to N85,000 for indegenous and and non Kwara State indigenes.
The students in one of their protests went to the House of Assembly which eventually paid off on Wednesday.
Earlier, while the polytechnic was insisting it had not increased fees, the governor at a time as if confirming the hike directed the polytechnic to slash it by N5,000 only.
Also, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki exhornerated himself from the arrangements leading to the increase in the polytechnic fees at a time of recession in the country.
The House when agitations started to heighten caused Committee on Education to urgently look into the matter and report back to the plenary.
The report however on Wednesday showed that both the government and the polytechnic were insensitive to the economic situation in the land as it affects parents of the students.
The Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad while reading the resolution of the House condemned over 100 percent increase of the institution’s school fees.
The Lawmakers urged the state Governor to direct the management of the Polythecnic refund new school fees paid by any fresh and returning students of the institution and subsequently revert to the old ones.
The House also mandated management of the Polythecnic to always give two sessions notice before increasing school fees and carry the students Union Governnent along on each occassion for peace to reign.
The Lawmaker however warned the Polythecnic not to victimise anybody that participated in the struggle for reduction of school fees.
Students in their hundreds witnessed the Wednesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly where they were given a respite.