Management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, has lifted the suspension order earlier slammed on the Students’ Union Government of the institution.
A statement by the Registrar, Modupe Fawale, said the reversal of the decision was based on interventions to allow for further consultations.
The PUNCH reports that the students had earlier protested the hike in hostel refusal fees by the management.
The students, in their hundreds, blocked the school gate and ever-busy Sango-Poly junction, thereby causing gridlock before heading to the State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
All the roads within the secretariat were also blocked.
However, the management said it had decided not to wield the big stick on the students as they have also sheathed their swords.
“The management will be holding meetings with the leadership of the students to address their perceived grievances.
The first-semester examination scheduled to commence today (Monday) however remained postponed. A new date for the commencement of the examination will be announced to the students through appropriate channels,” the statement added.
While banning activities of the SUG earlier, Fawale had accused the students of embarking on an unwarranted and politically-motivated protest.
The earlier statement read, “The Students’ Union breached the rule of decency by locking all the gates that lead to the institution and thereby causing unwarranted hardship to their colleagues, to the staff of the institution, to their host communities, to the neighbouring University of Ibadan, and to the general public at large, most especially those that have official transactions with The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
Meanwhile, one of the protesters who simply identified himself as Abiodun, said, “We normally pay N30,000 for accommodation every season but for those who don’t want to stay in the hostel, they pay N5,000 refusal fee. But the management just woke up and said that it has increased the refusal fee from N5, 000 to N15, 000.
“The management also said the hostel fee is compulsory now for all students, including those who are not staying in the campus (off campus.”
The protesters added that the protest was also against the mandatory payment of N7, 000 for an online psychometric course.
They noted that the payments were mandatory before they could pay tuition fees on the school portal.
For many hours, the students remained at the entrance of the Governor’s Office as they rebuffed attempts by the state Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal, to address them, insisting that they would only speak with the state Governor, Seyi Makinde.
After several persuasions, the deputy governor later addressed them and promised that the government would look into the matter.
He said the school management will be invited for a meeting on Tuesday (today) where the issue will be resolved.