Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has ordered the immediate elimination of the ‘pandemic prevention fee’ from the fees that Abia State University students are required to pay on Monday 9 November following the resumption of academic operation at the university.
The Governor of the State of Abia, who gave the directive on Thursday, November 5, during a town hall meeting with students and school management, added that his government would pay N30,000 to each Abia student in the institution as additional support to them, their parents and guardians.
According to his words :
“Yesterday, I had a Town Hall meeting with students and management of Abia State University where a fee of N25,000 per student was proposed as a medical fee but slashed to N15,000 to help ABSU put in place adequate measures to protect the soon to resume students from COVID-19 pandemic.
“In that same meeting, I approved immediate bursary payment to students of Abia origin in ABSU, to alleviate impact of COVID-19 on them & enable them meet the medical fee obligations with ease.
“However, after a deep review of the agreement & its likely effect on all the students & their parents,
I’ve directed the immediate scrapping of the “pandemic prevention fee” by school management.
“Our government will now go ahead to pay N30,000 to each Abia student in the institution as further support to them, their parents and guardians in this very difficult moment of economic downturn caused by the global health crisis.
”Let me also add that we are proud of the progress made by the institution in the past 5 years and will continue to support them.“