NANS rejects new levies in Ebonyi varsity, appeals to management

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EBSU (file photo)

By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki

The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone B (South-South/South-East )  yesterday appealed to the management of Ebonyi State University to scrap the newly introduced “Developmental Levies and Accreditation fees” because of the nation’s harsh economy.

The union made the appeal during a visit to the management of the university yesterday at the permanent site of the institution along Abakaliki Express way.

The NANS delegation led by Comrade Olisa Nwuruku Alfred also urged the university management to take a second look on the decision in the interest of the students’ welfare, adding that the students leadership will make its position known after Students’ Union Congress slated for February 1, 2022.

“I applauded the management of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, for always hearkening to the cries of the students, initiated negotiations with the  management on the need to have a second thought on the newly introduced “Developmental levy” for 100 Level students, and accreditation fees for Continuous Students, considering the Economic situation in the country and pleaded the levy be scraped or possible adjustment done immediately on it.

“While we lended our voices with the SUG leadership to chart a way forward, we’ve resolved to be following up the resolutions of the Congress and to follow-up accordingly to make sure Nigerian students get relieved from this sudden hike in their tuition fees through initiation of some new fees into the university amidst the economic situation in the country.”

Responding, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, explained that the Developmental Levy was not only paid in EBSU but in other universities in Nigeria making reference to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo and the Enugu State University of Science and Technology among others.

He explained that the university had many farmlands without good structures, and that they couldn’t wait for government to assist them as they have turned down their request several times, adding that the  development of the university would be of benefit to the students and the university management and ensure a smooth and conducive learning environment that will promote research and academic development.

He pointed out that the “Developmental Levy” was to be paid once by students, while “Accreditation fees “is to be paid by freshmen only, in their first year in the university.

The leadership of NANS also presented other issues regarding students’ welfare and the management promised to pay full attention to them.

The meeting was attended by principal officers of the university and NANS leadership drawn from various tertiary institutions across the state.

 

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