By Steve Oni, Ilorin
Students of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin in their hundreds have staged a peaceful rally to show appreciation to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for his intervention which ultimately led to a reduction of about N19, 000 from tuition fees payable to the institution by the students.
The students also lauded Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad for heeding the advice of the Senate President on the need for the downward review of the institution’s tuition fees.
They praised the duo for setting up the joint executive- legislative committee which recommended a drastic reduction in the fees payable by both the returning and fresh students of the Polytechnic.
The elated students carried placards with inscriptions such as, “We are proud of Bukola Saraki”, “The poor also deserve affordable education”, “Thank you ABS”, “We are grateful to ABS, ” among others.
Speaking with journalists on the occasion on Wednesday, the Vice President of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), Comrade Olugbode Damola, however, advised all students to make full payment of their school fees before the end of this month to reciprocate the good gesture.
The students’ leader, who also urged the students to maintain peaceful and mutual coexistence, added that such attitude would sustain uninterrupted academic activities in the school.
He described the intervention of the Senate President in their struggle to achieve reduced tuition fees as unforgettable, noting that Saraki’s gesture attested to his love and concern for the masses in Kwara state and Nigeria at large.
He said: “We also appreciate the entire members of the eighth Kwara state House of Assembly led by Dr. Ali Ahmad for their fair hearing and sincere disposition on the matter.
“We extend our sincere gratitude to members of the executive/legislative joint committee set up to look into the issue for coming up with merciful resolution that reduced the tuition fees far beyond our expectation.
“We say a big thank you to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and all members of his cabinet whose input further contributed to quick resolution of the crisis”, they declared.