[From CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said the management of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UniZik) has agreed to to revert to the 2019 agreement on consolidated school fees structure, following its intervention in the misunderstanding that ensued between the management and the students over alleged hike in tuition fees.
Chairman of Joint Campus Committee of NANS, Comrade Peter Onyenwife and chairman, Council of past Presidents, Comrade Hon. Patrick Afubera who disclosed on Thursday at a press conference, said following the amicable resolution of the misunderstanding, the matriculation ceremony scheduled for Friday by the school authority which the students had threatened to stop, would now hold as scheduled peacefully.
Giving insight to what led to the fee increment, according to the school authority, they said, “the proposed transport levy of N4000 was to enable students board the new air-conditioned buses to anywhere and everywhere within the University without paying a dime.
According to the student leaders, the idea was innovative, but because the students were not briefed before the implementation, they resisted it.
They advised the university authority to improve on the area of information dissemination, to avoid re-occurrence of such misunderstanding.
“We call on the students to shun further protests and any form of violence, go about their normal academic business and not allow anybody to use them as bargaining chips to actualise their selfish motives. We will continue to work to ensure that peace is restored to the University,” they concluded.
Students of UNIZIK had on Tuesday took to the streets to protest alleged hike in tuition fee by the university authority.