By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€” AUTHORITIES of the Edo state owned Ambrose Alli University, AAU,Â Ekpoma, have announced a reduction in the school fees payable by its regular and part-time students.
It has also set up a committee to assess and cost the damages associated with the crisis that engulfed the institution last week.
It will be recalled that last week, the students of the institution particularly its part-time students embarked on a violent demonstration over the upward review of fees and this led to wanton destruction of properties worth millions of Naira in the University town of Ekpoma.
Addressing a press conference in Ekpoma yesterday, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sam Uniamikogbo, disclosed that after series of meetings with the government and Governing Council of the institution, the 6,900 registered part-time students whose school fees was increased from N30, 000 per session to N100, 000 are now to pay the sum of N60, 000.
Besides, the regular students whose population stood at 13,319 are now to pay between N49, 500 â€“ N62, 000 as against the N58, 000 â€“ N70, 000 approved by the University council. They were paying N18, 600.00 per session before the upward review of the school fees.
Advancing reasons for the upward review of fees payable in the University, the Vice-Chancellor said, â€œapart from recent increase in salaries of University workers and the sincere desire of this administration to develop the University, the University management is faced with a big challenge of paucity of fundsâ€.
â€œIt is in an attempt to handle this challenge that an upward review of school fees payable by our students has become imperativ,” he said.