Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ebonyi State University closed over violent students' protest

Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State has ordered the indefinite closure of the State University Abakaliki, following students' protest on increase in school fees.

The students, mainly of second year, had for the past three days, been protesting the payment of N88, 000 as school fees for indigenes and N128, 000 for non-indigenes; which they paid on admission in 2012.

The protest had been violent as the students resorted to the destruction of school and public properties which led to the arrest of over 80 of them by the State Police Command.

Elechi, who spoke in Abakaliki on Wednesday during an interactive session with some stakeholders on recent events in the state, ordered the university’s vice chancellor to immediately close the school.

``The students should know that university education is not free and cheap as the state university charges the least tuition fee in the whole South East zone of the country. The students should also understand that they don’t have the right to fix fees.

``It is the exclusive right of the school’s management who knows the actual cost involved in running the school,” he said.

--------------DAILY TIMES

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