Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Tuesday directed the Kwara State Polytechnic to slash the fees payable by N5, 000.
This was in reaction to the intervention of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who berated the management for hike rement in the tuition fees by N20,000.
Ahmed noted that the directive was in consideration of Saraki’s concerns in recognition of the current economic hardship in the country.
He said, “In recent days, our government has become aware of complaints by students, parents and stakeholders regarding the alleged increase in Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, fees.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Kwara State Polytechnic has not only maintained the fees charged in the 2016/2017 academic session, it has also effected a N500 reduction in the fees payable in the 2017/2018 session.
“Nevertheless, I have taken serious note of the concerns expressed by stakeholders in the state, including the Senate President, His Excellency, 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 the management of Kwara State Polytechnic to reduce its current fees by N5000.00.
“While thanking those who intervened in this misunderstanding with a view to make us reach an amicable solution, the public is hereby invited to note that the Kwara State Polytechnic relies on school fees to meet its obligations to students and staff.”