Ondo Election: Akeredolu, Jegede Clash Over AAUA Tuition Fees

A debate organized by Channels Television, which was designed for standard-bearers of political parties who will participate in the October 10 governorship polls, was attended by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Eyitayo Jegede.

Though Eyitayo Jegede was late for about 30 minutes after the debate had begun, the Adekunle Ajasin University, AAUA tuition fees topped the discussion of the night.

During the debate, Jegede had promised to reduce the tuition fees from its current state of about N130,000 which he said had made many students drop out of school, while Akeredolu said he was not prepared to reduce the tuition fees if the students were to be given quality education.

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According to Akeredolu, the state was biting more than it could chew by having three state universities.

The governor also described the uproar as regards the AAUA Tuition Fees as an attempt to blackmail his government.

He maintained that the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo charged as much as N400,000 and students of the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa paid about N150,000 before he came to office.

On revenue generation, Akeredolu said he increased the State IGR from N700m monthly to over N2bn monthly, adding that he expanded the tax net to capture more tax payers.

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