Sunday, November 30, 2014 9:34 pm
Chief Theodore Orji, Governor of the eastern Nigerian state of Abia has approved a 20 per cent reduction in the fees payable by students of Abia State University, Uturu.
In a statement signed by Secretary to Abia State Government, Professor Mkpa Agu Mkpa, Governor Orji said the gesture was to boost education in the state.
“Following the present economic crunch in the country occasioned by the oil prices in the international market, as a result of which students of ABSU and their patents are in great difficulty coping with the demands of their school fees in the institution, His Excellency, the Governor of Abia State, Chief T.A. Orji as a demonstration of his sympathy with the plight of the students, their parents and guardians, has magnanimously approved the reduction of school fees payable by all students in Abia State University by 20 per cent across the board.
“This kind gesture of His Excellency seeks to ameliorate the hardship currently being experience by parents and students as a result of the said oil price fluctuations. Government therefore expects the staff, students and management of Abia State University, Uturu, to reciprocate the Governor’s kindness by remaining disciplined and law abiding at all times.”
First year students of the university pay between N140,000 and N200,000 per year, covering tuition fees, development charges, acceptance fee and accreditation fee.
In subsequent years, fees range between 60,000 and N70,000.Final year students, according to the university’s website(http://absu.edu.ng/admissions) pay between N40,000 and N50,000.
Courses in medicine, accountancy, architecture, law are the most expensive in the university, with students paying more than their counterparts enrolled for other programmes.
The fee regime however excludes accommodation cost, charged between N15,000 for half bed space and N30,000 for full bed space.