Students at The Polytechnic, Ibadan in Oyo state protested the increase in hostel refusal fee by the institution’s administration on Monday.

Students, by the hundreds, blocked the school gate and the ever-crowded Sango-Poly junction, thus causing a traffic jam before proceeding to the State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan. All roads within the Secretariat have also been blocked.

PUNCH Metro deduced that the hostel’s refusal fee was initially 5,000 naira before management increased it to 15,000 naira.

One of the protesters, Abiodun, whose name is being withheld, said: “We normally pay 30,000 naira for accommodation every season, but for those who don’t want to stay in the hostel, they pay a 5,000 naira refusal fee. But management just woke up and said they increased the refusal fee from N5,000 to N15,000.”

“Management also said that the hostel fee is now mandatory for all students, including those who do not stay on campus (off campus),” he explained.

They also said that they were tired of the continued use of a consultant in managing the affairs of the institution.

The protesters chanted anti-government songs and said that the consultancy’s activities had slowed the institution’s growth.

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