ByÂ Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Imo State Government has finally bowed to public pressure and slashed the fees it imposed on Senior Secondary school students in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Amanze Obi, disclosed to newsmen after this weekâ€™s State Executive Council meeting,that the fees’ reduction followed repeated demands made by parents and guardians of the students.
â€œThe school fees which was initially fixed at N8,500, has been reduced to N5,900 for students in Senior Secondary class one and N5,800 for students in Senior Secondary classes two and three,â€ Dr. Obi said.
The CommissionerÂ explained that out of these fees payable by the students, only N4,000 would go into the state governmentâ€™s coffers, while the balance would take care of school infrastructure development and other sundry expenses.
On the long delay in conducting local government elections in the state, Obi explained that the State House of Assembly had just concluded a public hearing on the long awaited Local Government Electoral Reform Bill sent to it by Governor Ikedi Ohakim.
â€œOn signing the Bill into law, the Governor Ikedi Ohakim would announce the date for the conduct of the local government elections,â€ Obi said.
He explained that the Electoral Reform Bill would abolish the proposed parliamentary local government system, as well as introduce two-year tenure for elected local council officials.
Saying that government has started rehabilitating roads in Owerri Municipal Council Area, the Commissioner promised that other roads in the state would receive adequate attention this dry season.