By Adejumo Kabir
The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has said that the university charges just N90 for accommodation yearly and there is no plan to increase any of the fees including the tuition fee.
He disclosed this during the annual International Campus Journalism Conference organised by the Association of Campus Journalists in OAU on Saturday.
Mr. Ogunbodede said over the years while the university have been charging the sum of 2, 590 for accommodation, N90 is for accommodation while 2, 500 is for maintenance of the hostels which is the least in any Nigeria university.
“OAU charges just N90 on accommodation which is the least in any Nigeria university. The remaining N2, 500 is maintenance. The interest of the students is our priority and that’s is why we have decided to decongest the hostels.”
“It is not our joy to see 14 students in a room meant for 4 students. We are parents and that is why we want a conducive environment for the students.”
He however debunked the rumour that the university is planing to increase fee.
“The plan to decongest hostels is true but there are no plans to increase the fees. We pay N60 million monthly on electricity when students are on campus, and even the total money generated from accommodation yearly is just a bit higher than N25 million. This is just to explain that we are doing our best to make sure our students get better living.”
He concluded by pledging his support to Association of Campus Journalists as a former member and also spoke on the plans to start Mass Communication as a course of study in the school. “I was a better of the Association of Campus Journalists during my undergraduate days and I will always give my full support to the press. We are also working tirelessly to make sure the university begins Mass Communication as a course of study as soon as possible.
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