The outrageous school fees increment of students of Delta State University, Abraka has stirred reactions from people across the state.
Regarding the above, Anthony Miens Demebide, a known Niger Delta Activist cum Master of Ceremony, MC has also lent his voice to call for the reversal of the decision made by the management of Delta State University, Abraka to increase tuition fees.
The ceremonial entertainer noted that such decision should not be made at this time that the Nigerian economy is bleeding, and biting very hard in most Nigerian families with the exception of a few families in the country.
Akpolokpolo, De Creek MC noted further that Nigeria is yet to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic that ravaged the globe, throwing families off financial balance till this moment.
“It’s a pity that the varsity’s leadership was callous at this material time not to have considered the sick economy of Nigeria before increasing the school fees.
“Delta State University, Abraka was operating without fees rancor before the advent of Prof. Andy Ogochukwu Egwunyenga as Vice Chancellor who had taken the school to join the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU with its subsequent tuition fees increment from its previous amount to triple.
“Like a placard by one of the students during their peaceful protest, carrying this, ‘I can’t pay #250, 000 for school fees’, and others: #50,000 – #70,000 to #130,000 – #150,000.”
Anthony accused the state government of interest in the decision to increase fees, pressing home his argument that the school leadership under the watch of the Ministry of Higher Education, and His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa cannot make decision without notice and approval from the above authorities, therefore are largely blamed for been callous and selfish.
“Gov. Okowa and the ministry of higher education cannot be exonerated from this deliberate act of Prof. Andy to mount pressure on students over fees increase.
“They cannot deny knowledge of the decision by the school management, hence their silence over this.
“I humbly call on Gov. Okowa, Commissioner for Higher Education, and Management of Delsu to withdraw the decision to allow the school continue in its peaceful records as it were during the time of Andy’s predecessors”, he added.