After three days of negotiation, the students and management of Benue State University, Makurdi have reached a compromise on issue of conditional charges.
The University had, a month ago, introduced new high conditional charges which bloated the school fees by over 400%.
According to a copy of the resolution made available to Benue.com.ng, the new conditional fees are as follows:
Acceptance Fee: Previously N25,000 for undergraduates, and N30,000 for postgraduates; Now N10,000 (Payable once).
Development Levy: Previously N25,000 for other courses, and N50,000 for College of Health Sciences, Law & Management Sciences; Now N15,000 for other courses, and N20,000 for College of Health Sciences, Law & Management Sciences (Payable once).
Accreditation (New): Previously N15,000 for other courses, and N30,000 for College of Health Sci, Law & Management Sciences; Now N10,000 for other courses, and N20,000 for College of Health Sci, Law & Management Sciences (Payable once).
Utility Services (New): Previously N10,000; Now N5,000 (Payable per academic session).
Laboratory/practical/Sanitary/consumables (New): Previously N20,000; Now N7,000 (Payable per academic session).
Certificates: Previously N10,000 for Sub-degree & degree, and N15,000 for postgraduates; Now N4,000 for Sub-degree & degree, and N5,000 for postgraduates (Payable once).
Transcripts: Previously Local – N10,000; International – From N20,000; Now Local – N5,000; International – From N20,000;
Inter faculty transfer: Previously N5,000; Now N3,000
Inter university transfer: Previously N50,000; Now N10,000
Fees for result verification remained unchanged N5,000, however that for Post-UTME was increased from N3,000 to N4,000.
Speaking to Benue.com.ng, the President of the Students’ Union, Comrade Martins Orjime expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the negotiation.
“What we were crying out was that the charges were outrageous. We were not calling for a total removal but a reduction and as it is now, we have come to terms with the management and Chairman of Governing Council on these charges.
“It may not be favourable to everybody but at least we have made sure that we are in equilibrium. Not everybody will be satisfied with it but I believe it’s better than what we had” He said.
He added that the University will announce the new figures in due course, after which normal activities will resume on campus.
When asked what becomes of those who had already paid acceptance fees at the old higher rates, Comrade Orjime said, ” the money will be transferred as school fees so that the student can balance up or it will be refunded.”