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On Tuesday, 5th March, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Msugh Moses Kembe, during an interactive session with officials of the Students’, revealed high conditional charges to be implemented on the incoming fresh students.
Dissatisfied with this development, the aggrieved Students’ Union officials confronted the State Government to dialogue a withdrawal of the charges which the Union officials described as outrageous in the face of the dwindling economic condition of the State. A letter was served to the Governor through the Commissioner for Education to this effect and an agreement was made for a meeting with him.
The Union officials were invited for a meeting at the Benue People’s House for the dialogue. During the meeting which was also attended by the Vice Chancellor of the University, the Governor lamented over the poor economy of the State and stated that the increment is the only way the school can afford the full accreditation of the Faculty of Law and College of Health Sciences.
In a reaction by the Speaker of House of Parliament, Students’ Union, Cmrd. Joseph Kaanher Orsaar, he reiterated that the University is a “Community University” and the new charges will leave it inaccessible to poor Benue indigenes. He also reminded the Governor of the social unrest caused by the Fulani herdsmen which has made farming unproductive, and unpaid salaries which have made majority of Benue workers bankrupt as factors that have worsened the economy of the State. He pleaded that the charges are outrageous and should be reviewed to a reasonable amount.
Moved by this, the Governor asked the Vice Chancellor to as soon as possible review the conditional charges together with the Governing Council and the Students’ Union in order to forestall any more grievances.
Prospective students are therefore, advised to be patient until the review is done and communicated them in due course.
By: Senator Clifford Msugh Ortese
(Theatre Arts)

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