Following the directive by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom for the immediate withdrawal of conditional charges introduced by the management of Benue State University, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Moses Kembe has apologised to the people of the state over the heat the arbitrary increment generated in the last weeks.
Professor Kembe who spoke when he and the Commissioner
for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Dennis Tyavyar,
appeared before the State House of Assembly today explained that the hike in conditional charges was borne out of the desire to meet the growing challenge of the University, to enable it
survive, but said the institution had since reverted to the old
rates as directed by the Governor.
Members of the House praised Governor Ortom’s decision to
revert to the old rates and directed management of the
University to make refunds to allstudents that might have paid
the increment without delay.
The majority leader of the house, Hon Benjamin Adanyi added that what was needed to address problems of the University was prudent utilisation of Internally Generated Revenue,
accountability and blockage of all forms of revenue leakages
through proper record keeping and not hiking conditional
charges, warning that no amount of increment will be
permitted in the face of economic hardship.
Other members charged the management to keep to the core
mandate of the University and not to allow their zeal to make a
name undermine the overriding public interest.
They also urged the management to indulge in wide consultation and sensitization before taking decisions to avoid creating tension that will affect the growth of the educational sector.
Ruling, Speaker of the House, Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange also
lawmakers for their quick response to the cry of the public
which had yielded positive results.
He promised strict monitoring by the House to ensure that
students who had already paid the increment are refunded