The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, said on Sunday that only 2,000 out of a population of 17,000 students had paid their school fees for the 2018/2019 session.
That means over 88 per cent of the students owe school fees.
Soremekun lamented that the students’ failure to pay their school fees had negatively impacted on the university’s desire to meet many of the needs and demands of the school for more effective and enhanced academic and administrative activities.
The vice-chancellor said at Oye Ekiti in a chat with journalists that the fact that many of the students had diverted such fees had compelled the school management to devise a means by which parents could pay the fees directly instead of asking their children to pay.
He said, “It is very appalling that students these days have been failing to pay school fees for reasons we cannot fathom. By the last check, about 15,000 of our students have not paid. This is over 90 per cent of the student population because we have over 17,000 students in the university.
“What we have found out with this is that even though the demand for education in our country is high, an effective demand which caters for prompt payment of school fees as well as being able to pay for quality education is lacking in this country.
“Our school fee is only N40,000 per session. I believe an average Nigerian parent should be able to afford this, but we keep witnessing a situation where students don’t pay their school fees.”