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Akwa Ibom varsity recalls students after school fees hike protest


The management of the Akwa Ibom State University has asked its aggrieved students to resume academic activities following three days of protest over tuition increase.

According to The PUNCH, students (mostly freshers) of the varsity located in Ikot Akpaden, in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state had on Monday, 12th July 2021 blocked the main entrance to the University to protest a more than 75% hike in school fees from N53,000 to N90,000.

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After three days, the University Registrar, John Udo, said that normalcy returned to the two campuses of the institution after a meeting between the University management and the protesting students held on Friday, July 16, 2021.

However, the statement which was released on Saturday did not state whether the school fees had been slashed but directed students and workers to return to their duty posts on Monday, July 19, 2021.

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“The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Nse Essien, has directed that students and staff of Akwa Ibom State University, as well as the general public, be informed that normalcy has returned to the two Campuses of the University.

“This happened after a meeting between the University Management and the protesting students today, Friday July 16, 2021 at the Main Campus, Ikot Akpaden.

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“Consequently, work will resume in earnest on both Campuses on Monday, July 19, 2021.

“All persons who have business to do in the University should please note and act accordingly,” the statement read.