Students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO), Ondo State have asked the state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko to intervene in the ongoing squabble between students of the institution and the school management.
The management has threatened that any student who has not paid his or her school fees would be stopped from writing the institution’s first semester examination which begins next week Monday.
The students, who have already pleaded with Mimiko to help intervene in the matter, are expected to pay N58,000 for indigenes and non-indigenes, N65,000.
Also, freshers, particularly those in HND will cough out N80,000 (Indigene), while non-indigene will pay N95,000.
In a “save our future” letter, signed by 50 students, who begged that their names should not be mentioned in print, they said their parents had tried all means to raise the money but could not.
Majority of the aggrieved students who are in ND two and HND two have begged the governor to consider their future, saying that failure to write the examination would result to a carry over and extra year for them.
The Students praised the Rector, Prof. Igbekele Ajimefun for turning the face of the school around by putting up developmental projects in the institution.
They said the tenure of the Rector has been the most remarkable in the history of the polytechnic, asking management to shift ground on the issue of school fees and examination permission.
The Statement reads, “our Rector is working so hard in the school. Look at everywhere. He has changed the whole school. Go to the Information’s Village and you will marvel, but on this issue of no school fees no exam, we think the Rector has the power to do so, but we are only begging him as a father to please have mercy and let students write their exams. By second Semester, he can effect the new policy”
However, investigation reveals that some stakeholders have already intervened in the matter, but the Rector has refused to change his position.
A source close to the Rector has disclosed that the Rector’s decision may not be unconnected to the recent reduction in the allocation of the institution by the state governor.
The source who pleaded anonymity said the state government has reduced the allocation of the state owned polytechnic, leaving management to source for fund to run the activities of the school.