Following the outcry over hike in the tuition fees of Kwara State Polytechnic and the intervention by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, yesterday, announced a slash of 2017/2018 session’s fees by N5,000.
Angry students of the institution had variously protested the hike in the tuition fees and forwarded same to the Senate President, a development that prompted him to take a public decision on the matter on Monday.
Reacting to the Senate President’s intervention, Governor Ahmed, in a statement by his media aide, Dr. Muideen Akorede, yesterday, announced the reduction of the tuition fees by N5,000.
He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, Kwara State Polytechnic has not only maintained the fees charged in the 2016/2017 academic session, it has also effected a N5,000 reduction in the fees payable in the 2017/2018 session.
“I have taken serious note of the concerns expressed by stakeholders in the state, including the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, about students, guardians and parents’ capability to pay the specified fees.
“Having considered the above and recognising the current economic challenges facing families in the country, I, hereby, urge management of Kwara State Polytechnic to reduce its current fees by N5,000.”