By Emma Amaize & Egufe Yafugborhi
Students of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, FUPRE, in Delta State, yesterday, laid siege to the East-West Road, disrupting traffic for hours over increase in school fees by the authorities.
Students Union Government, SUG, President, Victor Ovorabua, however, said the students, who also locked the institution’s gate, were enraged that the management increased fees for returning students from N26,400 to N40,000, while accommodation fee was increased from N10,000 to N50,000.
A student said they were angered by the manner the acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Olatunde Damisa, addressed them on the matter.
However, soldiers, who got wind of the peaceful protest, were at the school and expressway with the students to ensure the protest was not hijacked by hoodlums.
However, acting Registrar, Mr. Amiso Iniowuari, who spoke to Vanguard on phone, said: “All I can say is that they have been asked to come for negotiation on Tuesday by 10.00am.”
Ovorabua corroborated his claim that a meeting had been scheduled for next Tuesday.
Management of the university also denied allegations of ethnic discrimination against host Urhobo.
In a statement by Iniowuari, FUPRE said: “It is quite unfortunate that despite management’s conscious publication of the staff distribution of Urhobo employees against other ethnic nationalities in FUPRE, some interest groups still continue to misinform the public for reasons best known to them.”