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Benue varsity students protest against increase in fees

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Students of the Benue State University, Makurdi yesterday protested against increase in their school fees.The students blocked the two main gates of the university, disrupting movement in and out of the school.

The Guardian leant that the university had increased the fees from N56, 000 to N92, 000 per session.The students lamented that the increase was coming at a time when the state has not paid their parents between seven to 12 months’ salary arrears.

They asked the school authorities to immediately reverse the policy, describing the action as inconsiderate and wicked.But, the management of the university has dismissed the protesters as miscreants who were parading themselves as students.

The Acting Registrar Mrs. Catherine Terlumun Bur yesterday in Makurdi said this in a statement.She expressed concern that the protest took place as the university was awaiting the accreditation of programmes by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Meanwhile, the Acting Rector, Nasarawa State Polytechnic Lafia, Dr. Augustine Gabu, has threatened to expel and prosecute any students caught in cult activities.He issued the threat yesterday during the institution’s matriculation in Lafia, the state capital.

He also cautioned the students against damage to the polytechnic property.Also, the Borno State government yesterday threatened to prosecute parents who fail to send their children to school.

The government warned parents in Fulani communities, not to marry out their daughters below the age of 14.Governor Kashim Shettima gave the warnings yesterday in Maiduguri, while distributing food items and clothing materials to them in Maiduguri.


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