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Governor Okowa intervenes in the tuition crisis at Delsu High School. | LEGIT9JA

Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State was right to intervene in the ongoing controversy between the students and government authorities at Delta State University over the tuition increase.

Okowa revealed this after inspecting works in progress at Delta University, Agbor, and Trauma Center, Agbor.

Okowa explained that the state government did not set tuition fees for its institutions but had to intervene in the crisis due to the current difficulties prevailing in the country.

He said original Delta students do not pay tuition fees but only other development taxes and called on people to be understanding with the government as fees cannot remain the same over time. years.

He said that the fees collected by public higher education institutions relate to some critical aspects regarding standards in schools.

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“From the beginning, we made it clear that it is in the interest of the state that we modernize some of our institutions and that we have done this to ensure that our children have access to higher education.

“We are currently going through very difficult times in our country, but our students who could not gain admission here had to gain admission to private universities where they pay over a million naira.

“Some have even left the shores of Nigeria for other countries whose level of education is not up to what we have here and some for other West African countries in universities mushrooms where they pay a lot more.

“We are very aware of that, but also why we want to appreciate the economic situation of our country and we know that parents and students are struggling to cope, but we also want to make sure that the universities maintain a minimum standard.

“It is very important to maintain the standard so that you do not end up in an educational institution and in the end do not obtain the adequate academic capacity to be able to function outside the institution,” said he declared.

According to him, the state government pays the salaries and allowances of professors and other university staff, but universities should be able to manage their day-to-day running costs.

The governor added that “What we do is that the professors are fully paid by the state government, but in terms of day-to-day operation, the universities should be able to manage their day-to-day administrative operating costs. .

“Unfortunately the electricity sector is not working properly and universities have to run on generators and we all know how much diesel costs now with various forms of stationery also needed in universities.

“When you look at all of this, they definitely need to find ways to be able to manage themselves internally, not in terms of paying their salaries which are obviously paid by the state government.

“So what the universities have done is have a readjustment of fees to meet current economic realities. It’s not the state government because we don’t set the fees for them.

“Keeping in mind that the naira has depreciated and the cost of stationery is not the same as it was 10 years ago and the cost of fuel or things they need for the maintenance in the past is never the same.

“All I had to do was get them to talk to the student union but by talking to the student union they brought the values ​​down and I don’t know what the values ​​are right now but I advised on the need to listen to the demands of student unions.

“Student unions actually understand that fees cannot stay the same as years ago.

“Even at that, what the fees were before they cut the cost, they were still significantly lower than other state universities in this country, we have always been at the lower level of what other state universities pay. state and it is the truth.

“Most importantly they don’t pay tuition, what they pay is for other facilities and other services, they don’t pay tuition at our universities,” he said.