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Poly Nekede fee: institution wins students, adopts N40,000 as acceptance

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Buhari makes health insurance compulsory for all Abuja residents

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Health Insurance Scheme, FHIS, to make health insurance a compulsory for all Abuja residents.

This was disclosed by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, when he received the FHIS Director, Dr Ahmed Danfulani and his management team, who were at the FCTA to present the Working Documents of the Scheme.

A statement by Bello’s Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye quoted the Minister as saying the FHIS management should ensure that the Scheme succeeds in the territory because “payment for health services all at once either by individuals or even the government is no longer tenable, considering the ever-increasing cost of medical services especially for diseases such as cancer or orthopaedic procedures.”

In Bello’s words: “The mandate given to us by President Muhammadu Buhari is to widen the coverage of health insurance in the FCT and the mandate I am giving you is to ensure that every citizen in the FCT, either in the formal or informal sector, is covered.

“You have to work out a system so that can cover certain diseases. If, for instance, someone is diagnosed with cancer, how can he or she pay for it? Cancer treatment, even the medication alone or chemotherapy alone, costs a lot of money not to talk of radiotherapy or surgery for some orthopaedic cases.”

The Minister encouraged the FHIS team to also work out ways in which “enrollees” under the Scheme should have the option of paying more for wider coverage.

Also he advised them to improve their services and grow the Scheme based on sound business practices, financial management and a robust ICT infrastructure.

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Conversion of Eastern Palm University: Students, Lecturers others in confusion

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Students, Lecturers as well as non academic staff of the recent converted  Eastern Palm University Okpoko appear to be in dilemma over next line of action as Imo State Government is yet to issue directives since the conversion of the school  into a state University from the private University status it was established.

Imo State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem had last Month changed the Eastern Palm University built by the former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha into KO Mbadiwe University as part of the Imo State owned campuses.

Information to weekend Lead revealed that while some of the students who joined the school with the notion that it a private university are contemplating whether or not to leave the school following the sudden change which expectedly would affect the school’s management, the lecturers and other non academic staff are also confused not knowing whether they are still employees of the college or not.

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Former Governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Imo West in the national Assembly, Senator Rochas Okorocha had while in the office as Governor, got license for the establishment of the Eastern Palm University and other universities in Imo.

In one of the briefings of the said Okorocha before the elapse of his office as the Governor, he made it clear that the said campus which according to him belongs to Rochas Foundation of Africa has 10% ownership by the Imo State government hence its management was under public private partnership.

Rt. Hon. EMeka Ihedioha had within seven months he had sway as the Governor of Imo State constituted a panel of Inquiry into the establishment of the Eastern Palm University of Okorocha led administration.

The panel which was chaired by Professor Jude Njoku after their investigation recommended that the school be made part of the Imo State University.

Upon assumption of Uzodinma as the Governor, he executed the said recommendation by the said panel, hence the charge of the schools name into, KO Mbadiwe University amongst other charges.

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Fed. Government releases N2B for N Power Scheme

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of two billion Naira for the continuation of the Federal Government National Social Investment Programme initiated  (NSIP)  by President Mohammadu Buhari.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Umaro Farok confirmed the approval while speaking to journalists in Abuja after receiving the White papers.

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Hajiya Farok stated that N-power would be the first to be taken care of as the kick begins, while other aspects such as the Trader Money, Conditional cash Transfer and the ANCOP Borrowers scheme would follow suit.

The Humanitarian Affairs Minister advised Nigerians to continue to have confidence in President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration as all the promises made during his campaign would be fulfilled.

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