…Says change to meet financial obligations
…Appeals with students to wait as council revisits matter.
Following the out cry by the students of Poly Nekede over the increment on the service charge otherwise known as School Fees, the Rector of the Institution, Dr. Michael Arimanwa has made clarifications.
This is even as he appealed with the aggrieved Students to be calm stressing that there would be an understanding at the end of the day as the Governing Council which is the apex policy making body has accepted to revisit the matter with the purpose of arriving at a decision that both the Students and the entire workforce on the Campus would agree.
The Rector who disclosed this to selected Media Houses in Owerri over the Weekend revealed that the 75 percent increment on the charges fees of the Students was necessitated by the current realities on ground where the internally generated revenue which is the only source of income to the School is no longer enough to Carry out the financial burden of the School.
Arimanwa while attributing the protest on the social media over the increment to non Students of Nekede revealed that before the Institution arrived at the 65 percent increment that all the representatives of different Student Bodies met with the School Authority including the Governing Council and deliberations were made and decisions taken collectively.
Arimanwa, an Engr by profession and a clergy revealed that Federal Polytechnic Nekede which adjudged the best Polytechnic in Nigeria pays the lowest fees in the country, the recent 65 percent increment inclusive.
Social media have been awash with the news of increment by the management of the School Fees by those suspected to be Students of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede stressing that increment of the service charge to the tune of 65 percent is outrageous given the biting effect of the economy.
The students however called on the management of the Campus to reduce the fee to the tune of 50 percent to enable their parents afford it.