MICHAEL OKPARA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL CHARGES INCREASE: AN APPEAL TO UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT, GOVERNMENT BODIES, SUG, NANS, CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS
By Obiora Okeke
The entire students community of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike was thrown into sudden shock over the increase of our School Charges by about N10, 000.
During 2017/2018 academic session, the school charges was reduced by N4,000 by our amiable Vice Chancellor and University Management, in which the highest amount paid by old students was N35,500 and new students N41,000.
We understand that the University management mean good for her students but the sudden increase of about N10, 000 in the school charges isn't the best considering the economic situation of our nation - Nigeria.
Last session (2017/2018), many students were unable to write their first semester examination because of their inability to pay school charges as mandated by the University management.
The economic situation of our country is nothing good to write home about, considering that most of our parents aren't that financially buoyant as they earn less or are being indebted by the Government. Also, many students are sponsoring themselves in school which they struggle to cope.
This increase might results to an increase in dropout rate which is never healthy to the nation at large because those dropouts tend to engage in social vices thereby causing more harm to our nation.
On behalf of the entire Nigerian Students in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, I, Obiora Okeke, a concerned Nigerian Students appeal to the University Management for a reduction and consideration in the increament made in our school charges. I also call on all Governmental Bodies, the Leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students - NANS, Student Union Government - SUG and concerned bodies/individual to come to our aid over the increase in school charges.
I appreciate your concern as I and the entire Nigerian Students await favourable response, he said