The students of Nnamdi Azikiwe Federal University, Awka Anambra State, took to the streets to protest a recent increase in tuition fee by the school management. According to a reports, the tuition fee was raised from N23,100 to N55, 200 and the students of the school are not happy about it as they decided to embark on a peaceful protest to coax the school's Vice Chancellor Professor Charles Esimone, to reduce the fees. Here are some photos from the protest below.
Recall that some days ago, Omoleye Sowore announced a planned protest by UNIZIK students, scheduled to hold today June 12. In a press release which is attached below, the SUG President of the school called on the students to exercise patience, that there is an ongoing talk with the school management to see if the increment can be reversed.
In the statement, the SUG President Comrade Anih Chukwuemeka, distanced himself and the SUG government from any form of demonstration, and he asked the students to remain calm until further notice. All these plea fell on deaf ears as the students gathered today to voice out their grievances in a peaceful protest which took place within the school environment.
Due the economic challenges that people are currently facing in the country, this might not be the best time to increase school fees especially in tertiary institutions. This is because some of the undergraduate students do not have reliable sponsors, some of them have to engage themselves in menial jobs be be able to cater for themselves in school. Increasing the school fees at these point would only make things more difficult for both students and parents who are likely to find it difficult to raise the money.
We also use this medium to call on the management of the school led by Professor Charles Esimone (VC), to look into the grievances of the students and find away to resolve this issue.
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