After the recent hike in school fees by the management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and following protests by the students, the duo has reached a consensus on the tuition rate favorable to both parties.
At a press conference held at the administrative block of the university, the leadership of the students union, the management, and staff told the press that they have been on the negotiation table on this issue for 5 days. They reached the following agreement.
First year: N84,000 to 89, 000
Second year: N40, 000
Third year and above: N19, 000 to N22, 000
This is a reduction from the previous school fees quoted below.
First year: N97,000 to N105,000
Second year: N56,700
Third year and above remained the same
As seen on social media, the students planned to protest through a blockade on the 16th of July, 2021 which is the school’s matriculation day. After the negotiation, the student’s union led by the Vice president Miss Ukaoha Chisom told its members to desist from any form of protest as their interest has been protected.
The school management led by Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu, the deputy vice-chancellor administration representing the vice-chancellor Prof. Charles Esimone said the school has the best interest of the student at heart with the singular goal to make Nnamdi Azikiwe University a world-class university.
He also said, “Having reached this agreement, anybody seen protesting would be regarded as an intruder trying to cause problems in our school and not a student of the university.”
Other delegates of the union beckoned on their students to bury their axes and face their studies.
The school management in an earlier publication stated “For clarity, the University Management has not increased the tuition for students since harmonizing fees payable by students in 2019; which includes dues such as Faculty, Department, Association and the Convocations fees for the graduating classes.
“As such, the news making the rounds of an increment in tuition is not only false but misleading and an attempt to cause unrest in the University.”
Some members of the school management present were Prof JFC Odibo the deputy vice-chancellor Academic, Dr. Joy Ojukwu the university Bursar, Barr. Philomena I. Okoye the registrar among others.
Students present were Mr. Stephen Ogoegbulem the chairman, council of faculty presidents, Miss Maria Edemobi chairman of council of departmental presidents, Mr. Wisdom Onuoha, the chairman council of class representatives.