From Stella Obi, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has pledged to continue to protect students’ rights and payment of bursaries and award of scholarships to indigent students in the state.
Governor Makinde stated this while speaking at the 2022 International Students’ Day programme on Monday, in Ibadan.
The state helmsman noted that his government has increased bursary of Law School students who are Oyo indigenes from N250,000 to N500,000 and have been paid for two years.
He disclosed that the third year is being processed for release and will be paid shortly.
According to him, Oyo State Government will continue to have constant engagements with the students’ union bodies across the state to ensure stability in the sector.
Governor Makinde said: “Just recently, I also promised in my own personal capacity to begin paying bursaries, and the process has already started. I remember I also promised the release of Aluta buses to you at the last meeting we held. Well, the buses will be delivered before the end of this year.
“We will continue to ensure that you have no reason to protest, and even if that happens, we will continue to respect your right to peaceful assembly.
He expressed optimism that his government will not rest on its oars in ensuring that Oyo State Students get their share of the dividends of democracy as and when due.
He added that every tertiary institution in the state has benefited in one way or the other from the programmes and policies of his administration.
The governor described the students as a critical part of the state’s population which cannot be ignored by any serious government that is committed to human development.
He told the students that before the end of the year, buses will be given to all students’ union bodies and indigenous associations in the tertiary institutions across the state.
He stated that his administration is always ready to engage the students and other relevant Stakeholders.
He further reeled out his administration’s achievements in tertiary institutions in the state as including Sole Ownership of LAUTECH and 15% reduction in tuition fee of the institution, accreditation of over 30 courses at the Polytechnic Ibadan, by NBTE, among others.