Ogun State Government on Saturday ordered the Governing Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, to shut the school immediately.
The directive came following a two-day protest embarked upon by students of OOU demanding that the school fees be reduced 50 per cent effective from the 2013/2014 academic session and not 2014/2015 session as approved by government.
The government, in a statement by the Secretary to the Government, Adeoluwa Taiwo, advised all parents whose wards are students of the university to immediately call them to order as the government would not tolerate any act that would disturb the peace in the state.
Mr. Adeoluwa said the decision to shut the university was taken in the overall interest of peace and order as the students have continued to issue threats while rejecting all entreaties and concessions made by the government with regards to their demands.
He explained that the government had, on August 12 after extensive deliberations involving the leadership of the student unions in the 10 state-owned tertiary institutions, heads of the institutions and government representatives, announced reductions in school fees as high as 61 per cent.
According to him, the government also abolished the indigene/non-indigene dichotomy in the school fees regime and announced the 2014/2015 academic session as the start of the policy.
Mr. Adeoluwa pointed out that while students in nine of the ten institutions commended the government for its decisions, OOU students insisted that the new school fees regime should take effect from the 2013/2014 academic session and that the fees should be further reduced.