University students in Ondo State have lamented over the inability of the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration to pay their statutory scholarship and bursary allowances since he assumed office in 2016.
The students tendered their complaints under the aegis of the National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS) on Tuesday.
According to the NAOSS National President, Kikiowo Ayoade, the amount the State Government is now owing students is way over N60 million.
“In January, we met with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who promised the disbursement of the bursary soon. Series of letters were written to the governor since our first meeting in January to communicate our plight to him.”
“In August, when this promise was yet to be fulfilled, we consulted the Commissioner for Education and the management of the scholarship board. However, all these consultations failed to transition beyond the promises made. We have waited eight months since we received the promise and yet no single student of Ondo State has received payment.”
“While we understand the several bottlenecks of running a government, we hold our position that budgeting N60 million for students for over eight months is nothing but overdue. Payment for the bursary is overdue and students of Ondo State could be greatly relieved if it is paid at this time,” he said in a statement .
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is vying for a second term even as the State gears up for polls come October.