Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko has said that students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, pay the least tuition in the country. It was however described by him as the cheapest University In Nigeria. He also said Nigeria was being sustained by the prayers of the faithful hence the country kept surviving in spite of the challenges facing it.
This was contained in a statement by the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, after the governor hosted some Muslim leaders at the Government House, Akure on Wednesday.
Mimiko told the Muslim leaders that it was in conformity with his administration’s policy of eradicating poverty among the citizens that students of the state-owned university paid the least fees in the country.
The governor said, “God never created us to live in poverty. That is why he gives us the knowledge; He wants our people to live in good health. In Nigeria today, the economy is growing, still the gap between the rich and the poor is becoming wider every day.
“Students in our university here in Akungba-Akoko pay the least school fees among other University In Nigeria. It’s not that we don’t know how much other tertiary institutions collect as school fees, but we are doing this deliberately to afford the children of the poor the opportunity to acquire quality education.”
He added that he would continue to lift the people out of poverty with the welfare programmes of his administration as encapsulated in the Caring Heart project of the government.
Mimiko told his visitors to continue to pray for Ondo State and the nation as a whole, stressing that the country needed peace and development.
Chairman of the League of Imams and Alfas in the state, Alhaji Ahmed Aladesawe, who led the Muslims on the visit, expressed his appreciation to the governor for ensuring peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims in the State.
The cleric assured the governor of more prayers in his bid to take the state to the next level