During the Covid-19 pandemic, lots of students dropped out of school as a way to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, which was alleged to have come from China.
Schools were on shutdown and all academic activities placed on hold, except for those who were heavily involved in online classes.
But from research, a lot of students could not gain access to browse the internet due to the high rate of internet accessibility in the Nigeria.
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Meanwhile, various hostels and lodges where students occupied were left left unoccupied due to their absence from the school premises.
Students complained greatly that the pandemic that affected most business around the world, affected their guardian’s businesses, and as such will not grant them the ability to pay for the rent of the previous year wherein they did not live in their various hostels.
Also the subsequent year should be looked into, for a downward review, to enable them pay up.
it has also been gathered that some landlords are bent on collecting the rent of the previous year, so the need to look into the issue by the authorities that be.
This outcry got to the landlords and some governing counsels of various schools to look into the case thereby announcing a certain percentage deduction on the rent going forward.
Such governing counsel, is the students union government of the Abia State university, Abia State.
on 22nd January, 2021 released a letter stating “Conclusion of payment Deduction on Lodge rent”.
The letter reads thus in parts:
To: All lodges
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This is to notify the various lodge owners, students and the general public that after series of meetings between the SUG/SRC and landlords, caretakers and lodge president, the council agreed that, 20 percent is hereby deducted from the lodge rent for the year 2021.
the memo also read that students are advices to commence payment to their various lodges on Monday, January 25th, 2021 and present evidence of payment on arrival.