EBONYI GOVERNOR FINALLY CUT DOWN SCHOOL FEES OF STUDENTS IN LINE WITH MANDELA ADVICE




SPECIAL REPORT BY MIKE CERUTTI

As if reading or obeying the words of late nelson Mandela who said  "“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has reduced the fees of the state university students by  N10,000  thereby bringing to an end the intractable agitation by students  for tuition slashing. 
Recall that tuition was increased by former Governor Martin Elechi,  a development that led to  protests  by the students.
  Umahi had during his    campaign assured he would reduce the fees if supported to win 2015 governorship election.


The governor, who announced the reduction on Friday during an interactive forum with the management and staff of the  niversity at the permanent site, Ezzamgbo, explained that the reduction which would take effect from next year was for both students of Ebonyi origin and non-Ebonyians.  

The non-indigenes were  paying   N128,000  while indigenes  pay  N87,000   prior to the reduction by the governor.


Umahi, who had while making his remarks noted that the reduction was necessary because students of the university paid almost the highest fees in the South- East and South-South, explained that the slash was to  cushion the suffering of the students and their parents.
He however  enjoined the students to avoid cultism and criminal tendencies in order to continue to enjoy the tuition reduction.



The governor  had while announcing 3,000 bags of rice and N10 million for the students of the university as their Christmas gifts, over heard them    chanting,"reduce our fees, reduce our fees."

He also donated two buses to the Students Union Government for easy transportation of students  to lectures.
Before then, he announced the donation of  rice each to all staff of the university with N5m to be shared by them for  the Yuletide.He he told the students to continue to partner with his government.

Umahi  approved all promotions of the university staff which had been kept on hold for years and gave the university authorities N100m loan for agricultural  activities. 


The declaration caused  a wide jubilation among the students and staff who sang and  thanked  the governor for his largesse.



 



Umahi also avised  that for any student to graduate from the Department of Agriculture,he/she should have at least one hectare of farm. 

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University,Prof. Francis Idike who commended the governor for gazetting the university staff and bringing commendable changes to the system.
He assured the preparedness of the university community to toeing the vision and mission of his administration.



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