Imo undergraduates protest high tuition, extortion, intimidation


Students of tertiary institutions in Imo State have taken to the streets to protest the high cost of living, high fees, poor education, poor infrastructure, poor facilities, extortion and intimidation in their various institutions.


The students urged the Federal and State Governments to stop frequent hikes in their tuition fees as well as undue extortion through handouts as well as textbooks.


They appealed to the government to provide conducive learning environments and install medical equipment and facilities such as electricity and boreholes, among others, for improved quality education and moral values.


The protesters made up of students from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Imo State University Owerri, IMSU, Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education Owerri, Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri and Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, UAES, Umuagwo, Ohaji.


They also decried the high cost of living, school fees and student accommodation as well as the hardship in Imo State, which they said is occasioned by the government’s bad economic policy, poor infrastructure and unemployment.


They urged the government to make people-oriented policies to alleviate suffering, hunger and poverty faced by students.


Vice President, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Valentine Nzubechi, who addressed the protesters, reassured that the Federal and State governments would adhere to their plights and requests to enhance quality education.

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