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Ortom bows to pressure, cancels Benue State University tuition fees increment

Written By Idoma Television on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 1:04:00 AM

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has bowed to the protest and outcry that greeted the recently introduced conditional fees at the Benue State University, BSU.

Ortom, Tuesday directed an immediate reversal of tuition increment in the institution.

The Governor, who gave the directive in Makurdi, said the economic realities of the time did not warrant such 'outrageous' increment.

He regretted the anxiety the policy had generated in the state recently, asserting that the government would at the appropriate time summon stakeholders in the state for a collective decision on the matter.

Ortom said, “eduction is a major industry in our state, so the reaction that trailed the recently introduced conditional fees in BSU in order to raise funds internally to meet accreditation and other commitments due to paucity of funds is not feasible at this time.

“Whatever we do as a government should be in tandem with the wishes and aspirations of the people and since the people raised objections to the new policy of the management of the institution, it is better we stick with the people.

“We cannot afford the distraction the issue generated recently, and I have therefore directed the management of the institution to reverse the decision forthwith.

“At the right time, we will summon a meeting of statkeholders in the state where the matter would be discussed and resolved amicably without further rancour and bickering.”
 

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