Appeal to governor to intervene, as new fees may force many out of school

The students of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, have appealed to the Governor of the state, Theodore Orji to intervene in the tuition increase introduced by the institution.

A cross section of the students lamented that the new fees were capable of forcing many out of school.

According to a statement titled ‘2011/2012 Students Charge List’, released by the office of the Bursar, Ndukwe Dibia, new students are now to pay N280,000, comprising N70,000 for tuition; N50,000  acceptance fees; N30,000 for accreditation; and N50,000 as development fees.

Old students, who were paying N47,000, are now to pay N100,000 per session.

According to Godson Caleb, an optometry student, he would not be able to pay the new fees. 

“If nothing is done, I might be forced to drop out of school. How can I meet up with the demand to pay the new fees of over N100,000? I have been managing to keep up with the old fee of N47,000. Now, what do I do, I plead with the governor to listen to our pleas to reduce the fees,” he said.

Beauty Onyema, another student, appealed to Orji to persuade ABSU’s governing council to reduce the fees as a lot of students would find it difficult to cope with the new fees.

“We know that the governor has a listening ear. He intervened for the students of Abia State Polytechnic, we want him to do the same for us,” she said.   

The Head, Public Relations Unit of the school, Acho Elendu however said that the fee hike was agreed upon by all stakeholders, including the Students Union Government (SUG).

The leadership of the students’ union could not be reached for comments, but a member who pleaded anonymity said that “a lot of discussions are on-going to settle the issue. I believe the governor as a listening person will heed the cry of the students.”

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