Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Varsity students protest fee hike in Benue State.

Protesting students of the Benue State University, BSU, yesterday trooped into the streets, crippling business activities and barricading the ever-busy Makurdi-Gboko federal highway over recent hike in tuition by the school’s management, leaving several travellers and road users stranded for over four hours. 

The aggrieved students, who displayed placards with various inscriptions such as, “Reverse this unpopular decision”, “the new fee in anti people”, “our parents cannot afford this” and “we did not bargain for this.” 

The protest, which lasted over four hours disrupted the free flow of traffic on the highway and also crippled all business and social activities within the neighborhood of the institution. 

One of the students, who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity explained that management of the institution recently hiked acceptance fees for fresh and graduating students of the institution from N5,000 to N25,000, insisting that the increase was completely at variance with the current economic hardship in the country. According to him: “The increase is too much. How can any right thinking management raise fees at this time, given the economic situation in the country? Our parents are civil servants who are being owed so many months salaries yet school fees are being increased. It is wickedness.” 

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