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The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko(AAUA),Ondo State Dr. Tunji Abayomi has assured that the institution would resume academic session within the next two weeks. Abayomi gave the assurance on Tuesday while speaking with journalists shortly after a closed door meeting with members of Ondo State House of Assembly at the Assembly complex. He also denied the rumour making the rounds that the management has fixed new school fee for N200, 000, saying the management is working on manageable school fee which would be good for all stakeholders. The lawmakers at the plenary sitting earlier yesterday summoned those who are saddled with the responsibility of managing the affairs of AAUA to appear before the House unfailingly 3pm Tuesday. The hallowed chambers frowned at continued closure of AAUA since December last year without any cogent reason. This followed a matter of urgent public importance raised on the floor of the House by Hon. Felemu-Gudu Bankole, Chairman House Committee on Tertiary Institutions. Hon. Bankole and other lawmakers including the Majority Leader, Hon. Olugbenga Araoyinbo and the Minority Leader, Hon. Sola Ebiwonjumi have noted that the reason the citadel of learning is still under lock and key when it should have resumed another academic session was unknown to the House. According to lawmakers, since the AAUA was not in crisis the leadership of the institution should do something about the resumption as soon as possible to allow students who are now roaming the streets continue their studies. Speaking with newsmen after their closed door meeting with the lawmakers, Dr. Abayomi appreciated the lawmakers for their concern about the delay in resumption, explaining that the school ought to have resumed since January but for the finances of the institution. He disclosed that as at Tueaday, there was no sufficient income to commence academic activities in the university which called for a need for sacrifice from stakeholders to sustain academic excellence in the citadel of learning. According to him, the sacrifice is the increment in the school fee being paid by the students of the institution. Abayomi noted that the highest school fee in AAUA is N37, 000 for an academic year that requires training, laboratories, water, among others, pointing out that the government, when it had money it covered the deficit of N 2.7b pay year. He added that with the low incomes coming to the state with high expenditures especially in the area of education, it would be difficult to continue with the situation. Dr. Abayomi said Over N5b will be expended monthly to run all the four tertiary institutions owned by the state government, saying the development is no longer sustainable. He further explained that to meet the expectations of the school, the students and their parents and as well provide first class education, there is a need to increase the school fee. He, however, said the proposed increment will be affordable to the students and their parents, just as the management will also give room for part payments running through an academic session. The Pro-Chancellor added that palliatives and scholarships will be given to students. He equally said a lot of foundations and intervention funds will be raised to help students and that physically challenged will pay less compared to other students. The Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Institutions, Hon. Felemu-Gudu Bankole said the House was satisfied with the outcome of the meeting with the leadership of the institution. He charged the management to look inwards to increase the revenue base of the school while also asking the management to ensure the new school fee is affordable for students and their parents