Kwara Poly: Assembly Suspends 2018 Budget Debate Over Tuition Fees

The Kwara House of Assembly has suspended further consideration of 2018 Appropriation bill following the refusal of the State Government to implement its directive on school fees of the state Polytechnic llorin.

It may be recalled that the Lawmakers on Wednesday, 13 December in a resolution advised the state Government to direct the management of the Polytechnic revert to old school fees.

The House, in its resolution after adopting the report of its committee on Education said the measure was in view of the current economic hardship in the country.

The Speaker,   Dr Ali Ahmad while reading the resolution of the House at the end of Committee’s meeting which lasted for over two hours wondered why the management of the state Polytechnic refused to accept the old school fees from the students.

He said a sum of N300m had already been provided and approved in the 2018 budget before the House for the state Polytechnic to cater for shortfall in the fund be realised from payment of school fees.
The Speaker, while suspending further consideration of the budget, summoned the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education,  Hajia Aminat Hammed, the Secretary to the Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold and Special  Adviser on Tertiary Institutions.

The House directed the officers summoned to appear before it on Wednesday by 4pm prompt for clarification on the 2018 budget for the state Polytechnic.
The officers summoned, according to the Speaker, are also  expected to explain why the state Polytechnic ignored the directive of the House on school fees payment.