THE students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have rejected the additional N20,000 increase in the late registration fee recently imposed by the school’s Vice-Chancellor.
The aggrieved students took to the Benin-Lagos expressway in protest on Tuesday, causing gridlock on the ever-busy federal road.
Truthlive.net interviewed some of the student while the demonstration was ongoing, some of the students described the increment as impromptu and asked the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami, to consider their plight.
While some who carried placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Oppression Comes In Different Forms’ and ‘We Didn’t Sign For This Injustice’, played solidarity songs with a public address sound system.
“You are asking us to top up an extra N20,000 which is actually impromptu on our part,” an aggrieved student said. “It is an injustice to us. We have not afforded the school fees and now, you are talking about an extra N20,000.”
That they were aggrieved that the additional sum to their fees came barely two weeks when the portal was opened.
He lamented that the same platform had been frequently down, thereby denying access to those who want to pay.
Similarly, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, could not be immediately reached for reactions.
But the event took a turn for the worse during later attempts to reach the vice chancellor’s office as Channels Television’s crew was denied access.
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