OAU CRISIS AND THE THREE CATEGORIES OF STUDENTS

Obafemi Awolowo University

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Many do not understand the situation of things on OAU campus. They think the OAU student community is unrealistic and too demanding. Like in every other institution, in OAU all fingers are not equal. The increment in fees will affect three different categories of people in three different ways.

The first category makes up just about 30% of the OAU population. They cannot afford the fee – even if an opportunity is opened to them for installmental payment. These “hand-to-mouth” folks are mostly orphans and generally, people from the lower echelon of the society. These people never dreamt of university education until they heard about Obafemi Awolowo University. The low tuition fee simply gave these ones the opportunity of a university education. Even on campus, they are seen engaging in menial jobs in order to keep body and soul together.

Next to that is the category that can afford the fee. Yes, they can – though it might cause their families and friends to go on hunger strike to pay their school fees. Though it might take many of their parents (mostly civil servants and pensioners) to take loans from cooperative societies and mortgage their houses to pay their fees; notwithstanding, they will pay. These ones make up the bulk of people in OAU.

The last category in OAU comprises of children of well-to-do, influential Nigerians. These can afford the fees and even pay for others. Many of them see no reason why the fee should not be increased. They have been paying tens of thousands from nursery schools. It is generally believed that many of them came into OAU through Vice Chancellor’s admission list, and that they possess ‘long legs’. To them, the increment is a welcome development.

However, it seems obvious that OAU students are not craving for a reversal of these fees because some people cannot afford it but because of their awareness about funds reaching the University management and their unwillingness to “pay for the failure of an irresponsible government”. There are reports about World Bank grants, about the millions alumni like Jimoh Ibrahim, Dele Momodu, etc. And let us not also pretend as if OAU Investment Company is a charitable organization that gives out bread, sachet & table water and other goods and services for free. Even if the #157,000 collected from each Pre-Degree student only serves for Pre-Degree campus alone (which is doubtable), is the #5,500 collected from at least 50,000 students (except this year when only about 14,000 students wrote the exam) during Post-UTME donated to charity?

Contrary to the claim of the management, most students believe that the increment will not make any difference in the quality of education, and that it’s merely a hardship-friendly policy towards an unenlightened future.

For many weeks, things have fallen apart in the University community. Till now, many students are relentless in saying “NO” not just to increment, but also to an irresponsible government, and to YOU too, an ignorant conformist who does nothing about oppression until it knocks at your door.

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Ayomide Adegebo

Ayomide Adegebo

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13 Responses to “OAU CRISIS AND THE THREE CATEGORIES OF STUDENTS

  • The OAU crisis open up alot abt wat d govt are plannin 4 d academic field in dis country, they just wnt 2 make money on d education bt nt 2 provides for d neccesry tinz, i heard once dat one of our gvnor in Nig sed education are for the well 2 do in the society,which meanz dos that r poor or less privileged r nt to be found in an educational settinz hmm, so our govt r nt responsive n responsible…i plead with d govt to tink twice abt d first n second categories of students we av in dis country nt only in OAU, we r d leaders of tomorrow.

    • well said Oladayo, Our government shouldn’t see education as a privilege for the privileged alone but as a RIGHT for both the rich and the poor.

  • Nice piece bro..I belive the different state of OAU std financial strength is wel deciphered..frm my little time spent in dis part of d world I see people who don’t belive in victory against injustice nd coruptn through a colectiv fight..I mean all d categoris of d std stated above..75% of OAU std wnt join d 2nd phase of d protest wen we resume..cuz dev paid..dats d problem..

    • Thanks bro. I totally agree
      with your stance. Many
      have given up on social
      justice and equity. They
      prefer to endure and watch
      while injustice prevail. Only
      God can change that
      mentality.

  • Nice post! What’s your surety about the figures ( percentage)

  • nice post bro

  • Thanks bro. I totally agree with your stance. Many have given up on social justice and equity. They prefer to endure and watch while injustice prevail. Only God can change that mentality.

  • I must say you have captured quite well the different categories of students affected by the increment.
    The question that still bothers my mind on this issue is whether it is still worth fighting..
    This is because from my little survey of the students that have paid..most of them are in the first and second category…This is because they are threatened since there is no definite end in view of the fight.These are the set of people that are scared of losing what they have managed to achieve at any slight instability in the system.
    So..is this fight still worth it??

  • What can a chicken do to a corn that us kept inside bottle?
    I only believe now that our(students) strength is small..

    Nice post Ayo but I think it needs to be balanced, some ain’t supporting d fight not bcos they are lazy or are rich but bcos they observed history. But is HISTORY NOT TRYING TO REPEAT ITSELF NOW?

    • Thanks Kola, history doesn’t necessarily need to repeat itself if we are ready to learn from past experiences. Failing ones doesn’t presupposes failing again. Not trying to resist oppression at all is outright failure itself.

  • Fanks bro 4 dat, with God on ourside and our loud cry for change justice will reign. Gud work AYO

  • Thanks for the observation. The percentage is gotten from personal observation which can be lesser or greater than that, but the point I want to strike is that this categories exist and they need to be defended no matter how big or small their population might be.

  • Hmmm, I agree with the fact that many are paying, the first category inclusive but it’s worth noting that not all the time will they have long breaks like this to source for money. I still know quite a number of people who are still trying to raise the money. I strongly believe that Justice and equity is worth fighting for. Our silence implies our support for corruption.

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