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OOU medical students threaten showdown over alleged extortion


If nothing is done to an alleged school fees extortion imposed on the final year medical students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye by its management, all medical students in the State are ready to organise mega protests against government, threatening total showdown.

According to scores of medical students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), who staged a mini-protest to the Ogun State House of Assembly in Abeokuta during the week carrying placards with various inscriptions such as “Injustice is cruel and it breeds anger”; “We will not pay illegal school fees”; “Stop this unnecessary student extortion”; and “Who will pay for my 10 years fee in a six year course?” demanded an immediate end to the alleged extortion.

Yemi Adegbesan, president of the OOU Medical Students’ Association, while speaking with newsmen alleged that Sabur Adesanya, the vice chancellor of the school, asked them to pay an “extra two years illegal fee”, adding that the Vice Chancellor intentionally refused the concerned medical students induction until they pay additional two-year tuition fee for a six-year course.

According to Adegbesan, the medical school curriculum runs for six years and automatically requires them to pay for six sessions with or without strike actions by academic or non-academic staff of the institution, asking however, “Is Prof Saburi Adesanya above the law? He has refused to allow final year medical students from OOU do their induction just because he wants them to pay two extra school fees each.

“This is a wicked illegality that is unprecedented in the history of university education in Nigeria. The students have extra time in school because of ASUU, SSANU, NASU and other union strikes.

We had on December 17, written a petition to the House on the issue but up till now, nothing has been done and that is why we are back,” he noted.