The Management of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has directed all students currently on campus and in hostels within the University to vacate them within 24 hours.
The directive was contained in a press release obtained from the University’s verified Facebook page on Monday.
The release also noted that the management has ordered the indefinite postponement of resumption of students for the 2023/2024 academic session.
“The Management also directed that registration of returning students via the University portal and payment of fees by all Returning students for the new academic session via the portal scheduled to begin on Monday January 15, 2024 be put on hold,” the press release added.
The FUTA management in furtherance of the directive clarified that the University did not open the portal for Registration for Returning Students for the new session, contrary to what was being bandied in the public domain.
“On the proposed new fees and charges, they are mainly for students’ related services which are sourced from the economy. And the costs of such goods and services provided by the University for the students will certainly be impacted by costs of Good and services in the economy. To ensure smooth running of the University, certain consumables and payments for municipal services such as electricity, water, hostel maintenance and cleaning and sundry other services are necessary and the costs of providing the services have shot up and the new charges are in response to this.
“Other costs that were adjusted as a result of economic reality include medical examination for all new students, Biometric ID cards and Tertiary Institutions Students Health Insurance Programme TISHIP administered by NHIS for students, and final year book.
“It is important to say that Tuition is free and no money is being charged as tuition fee.
“The Management reiterates that tuition remains free for all students and that it has inbuilt mechanism within the system to look into and build consensus on matters affecting students including charges and fees. And that mechanism is working on this matter and consensus will be achieved,” the management clarified.