BENIN CITY- College students of the College of Benin, yesterday in Benin, crippled tutorial actions on its Ugbowo and Ekehuan Campuses in protest of an alleged UNIBEN Administration introduction of further twenty thousand Naira late faculty charges fee.
It was gathered that the peaceable protest which began as early as 7:00am as the scholars of their giant numbers have been seen brandishing placards with numerous inscription the alleged administration’s motion as insensitive.
On why the protest, a 400 stage pupil of the college who pleaded anonymity informed The NIGERIAN OBSERVER that the displeased college students had explored dialogue earlier than embarking on the peaceable protest.
Based on him, their dialogue with the Vice-Chancellor was not fruitful and was additional angered by a press release allegedly credited to the College Public Relations Officer, Dr Benedicta Ehanire that reads:
“Training is a privilege and never a proper. For those who can’t pay your charges, then you might be imagined to be studying commerce or expertise”
One other supply alleged that the college is and not using a College students Union Authorities (SUG) because the final one was dissolved and are making ready for a contemporary SUG ballot on the sixteenth of September.
The 200 stage feminine pupil who didn’t need her id revealed berated the alleged faculty administration’s determination.
She stated: “First it’s unfair. All fingers will not be equal. Some college students pay their charges by themselves. Some haven’t even resumed as a result of they no cash to renew.
It’s not even 10k however “20k and if the scholars have the cash, they might have paid their charges prior to now. Why performing like a dictator in her administration. We’ve got a voice. And collectively we are saying she ought to scale back it or prolong the deadline.”
One other pupil on the protest floor who spoke on the matter pleaded with the administration for extra time as college students and fogeys are nonetheless recovering from the cruel financial realities ushered in by COVID-19.
The 400 stage feminine pupil stated: “The sudden 20k increment in charges is unjust and simply doesn’t make sense…Why are we being punished for our incapacity to pay charges? faculty solely resumed lately and a few of us haven’t recovered from the price of attempting to cool down in class”
“Then immediately mountain climbing charges in a submit COVID yr when lots of our mother and father haven’t even recovered from the financial shock is just simply inhumane.
Worse nonetheless, they’re threatening that admission might be withdrawn by this Saturday… We’re not saying we received’t pay. We’re simply saying give us time and cease the unjust hike”, she asserted.
Try to get response from the Faculty PRO, Mrs. Benedicta Ehanire, proved abortive.