The Students’ Union Government, SUG, of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo [RUGIPO] in Ondo State has tendered its apology over the recent protest staged by the students over the hike in School fees.
The students, who protested on July 7, to press home their demands of reduction in school fees and against the newly introduced policy of “No School Fee, No Test” linked their action to effect of youthful exuberance and thoughtless.
In a statement separately issued by the Full Time SUG’s President, Akinomotomiwa Ayipada and Secretary, Owadasa Olanrewaju and Part-Time SUG’s President ,Oluwole Adegboro and Secretary, Abiola Olowe commended the Rector, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun for his contribution to the growth of the institution.
The students added that they have reflected on the event and came up that the protest was totally unwarranted and unjustifiable.
The Part-Time SUG particularly said its members ignorantly attended the stakeholders meeting held on Sunday, July 6, where the ideas of the protest was planned, saying they did not participate in the protest staged on the following day.
The Full Time SUG statement reads: “We did apologize that your magnanimity and priority given to welfare of students had been taken for granted by the reason of our protest. It is on record that no Rector in the history of this institution has committed much time and resources to the improvement of students’ welfare like you have done so far.
“We are very much sorry for the embarrassment and discomfort our protest might have caused you and the entire management team. We have indeed learnt our lesson and promise that nothing of such will ever rear its ugly head in future”.
Already, the management of the institution has fixed August 11 for the students to retur back to campus.