Alleged Hike in Fees: UNIZIK Releases Schedule of Charges for 2020/2021 Academic Session

By Abuchi Onwumelu

The Management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Esimone, has released the 2020/2021 Academic Session after a close-door meeting with the representatives of the Students Unions, held at the School Council Chambers.

The students had earlier staged a 5-day protest, accusing the Varsity Management of increasing their school fees.

Fides had earlier reported that the students of the institution recently protested and barricaded a portion of the Enugu-Onitsha highway over an alleged hike in school fees by the university authorities.

The students alleged that the University Management was in connivance with some Student Union Government (SUG) officials to inflict suffering on them.

Addressing newsmen at the Council Chamber shortly after the meeting with the Students’ representatives, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Charles Esimone, said for the sake of the already existing peace between the School Management and the students, the university under his leadership had agreed to reduce the school fees as demanded by the students.

According to the VC, who was represented at the meeting by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Professor Joseph Ikechukwu, ‘I am standing on the authority of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, to announce to you (media) here present that the Management of this great University that happens to be the best University at the moment in Nigeria, that the Management, has considered the economic plight and the level of peaceful co-existence between the School Authorities and students have deducted the school fees to the best of the students,’ he said.

While thanking the students for conducting themselves in an orderly manner during the protest, he equally warned them not to abuse the privileges given to them.

For his part, the President of the Student Union Government (SUG), UNIZIK Chapter, Comrade Chukwuemaka Anih, while appreciating the VC and the entire Management of the University for accepting their demands, promised to reach out to all the students for freedom jubilation.

Comrade Anih, who was also represented by his deputy, Comrade Chisom Augusta Okoha, noted that the agreement reached during the meeting was for the betterment of both parties. She urged other Universities in the country to emulate UNIZIK for quality education.

‘We are now happy, the protest is over,’ Chisom said.

A copy of the Schedule of Charges for 2020/2021 Academic Session was also made available to Fides, during the meeting.