The free education, which brought the Rochas owelle Okorocha administration into power, may have hit a brickwall, following the reintroduction of various fees and levies in Imo State University, Owerri. This was one of the findings of journalists, who went to IMSU on a facility tour of the institution as part of the activities to mark the 2016 Press Week of the Imo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ).
The acting Vice Chancellor of Imo state university owerri “Professor Adaobi Obasi”, who spoke through the Registrar Professor Emeka Ejinkonye, confirmed that students of Imo state university who are indigenes of the state now pay a token for certain services in the school. “Students of Imo origin only pay N19,500 as auxiliary fees for medicals, identity card and others.
When the Governor of imo sate emerged as the winner in 2011, he declared free education for all before it was later restricted to indigenes of Imo State, due to economic downturn. Answering a question on the non-accreditation of some courses in IMSU, Obasi assured people seeking admission into the school that the issue would soon become history. We lost accreditation in six courses, but soon and very soon, we will have full accreditation for Law and others.
This amount is paid from the second to the final year in the school, she also said that upon completion of studies, a student of Imo state is expected to pay completion and certification levy of N20,000 and N7,700 for project binding. The VC confirmed that non-indigenes in the Faculty of Law pay N180,000, while those studying Medicine and Surgery pay N190,000 and others pay N150,000
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