The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS and National Association of Polytechnics Students, NAPS have unanimously okayed forty thousand naira only (#40,000.00) as acceptance fee for the prospective students of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State.
After an extensive deliberation with the Management of the Institution on Friday, the leadership of the duo Student bodies saw the reasons to unconditionally thick nod to the new directives of the Fedpolynek.
Earlier, the Senate President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Chuks Innocent Okeafor, a student of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University admitted that the visitation was in line with their consultation policy so as to strengthen the long existing peaceful relationship between Students and Management of the tertiary institutions. Comrade Okeafor recalled that the acceptance fee for the fresh students of Fedpolynek was thirty thousand naira only (#30,000.00), before it was recently increased to the tune of forty thousand naira only(#4,000.00).
He called on the Management of the Institution to kindly consider the present economic meltdown in the country as well as the abject hardship confronting parents and allow starts quo to remain. “Some criminal minded students may hide under the increment of fees to perpetrate crime and thereby bringing bad image to Fedpolynek.
The issue of no payment of school fees, no examinations should be considered. The school management should support Student Union Government to end inhumanity against our students.
For instance, the school management should ensure that there is justice for the student allegedly killed by landlord/caretaker in Nekede, the lecturer and student allegedly shot dead by security operatives at Naze junction.
Above all, we are very happy with the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede,Rev. Engr. Michael Chidiebere Arimanwa for employing one of us as an academic staff of the Institution. We will continue to consult this Institution for lasting peaceful coexistence”, the NANS Senate President promised.
While his counterpart, the National President of National Association of Polytechnic Students, NAPS, Activist Sunday Asuku Adekanbi pleaded that the students should be allowed to write their examinations and be compelled to pay all the fees during certificate collection.
He disclosed that he has done all he can so as to stop students from rampaging against the management of the Federal Polytechnic.
Responding, the Rector of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Rev. Engr. Michael Chidiebere Arimanwa declared Fedpolynek as the most least expensive in Nigeria.
Arimanwa regretted that an Owerri based radio station last week went on air accusing him of collecting highest amount of money as acceptance fee amongst the Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria without delving into critical investigation of fees paid by students of the various institutions.
“For instance, a person seeking to be admitted into Fedpolynek pays #40,000 acceptance fee and #38,450-#41,450 as school fees. While Yaba College of Technology collects #20,000 acceptance fee and #70,000 to #83,500 as school fees.
Honestly, Fedpolynek is less expensive than any other higher institution in Imo State.
I am delighted to welcome the national leadership of NANS and NAPS to this great institution. I am very happy that you consult. And that shows that you will do well if you continue like this.
Everything about Fedpolynek is automated. So, we run digitalized system. It is pertinent to note that Fedpolynek has been maintaining same school fees scheme since 2010 despite changes in prices of items and money values”.
“We never take advantage of our school as the best Polytechnic in Nigeria to increase our fees. So, every institution has its own specific fees. What is obtainable in Imo State is not same in Katsina State.
Remember, Federal Government does not sponsor Part-time and Evening programmes. And we spend over #100 million to pay lecturers annually.
We have responsibilities for the security personnel and cleaners salaries. Our problem is that many students have come out boldly to tell us that they have eaten their school fees.
If at least 95% of the students can pay school fees, why can’t we allow the rest to write examinations?
We have established Educational Foundation to help the indigent students. We have paid school fees to 15 indigent students and awarded scholarship to 10 academically merited students in this current session. Students are our major stakeholders”, Arimanwa added.
The Rector revealed that the School management has constituted a committee comprising major stakeholders in the host communities to look into the inhumanity against the students as well as written to the State Government, Inspector-General of Police and Chief of Air Staff demanding justice over the killing of a lecturer and student of Fedpolynek at Naze junction recently.
In her vote of thanks, the Deputy Rector of the Institution, Dr. Mrs. Anthonia Nwosu thanked the leadership of the student bodies for their timely consultation praying God to lead them back safely to their various destinations.