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UNIBEN Students Protest Unjust Fees Increment and Measures

University of Benin (UNIBEN) Students have come out en mass to protest the outrageous increase in their tuition fees and the unjustifiable measures meted out to students by the management.

UNIBEN Students at the main gate of the school

According to source, a memo from the school was released at the beginning of the semester asking students to pay up all fees and register their courses latest September 3rd to avoid being at the mercy of a closed portal.

 

Sequel to the first memo, another broadcast message emanated, stating that the closed portal will be opened for a week but with an additional N10,000.

The broadcast message further said the portal will be opened for another one week for defaulter who couldn’t meet up with the previous payment but with another additional fee, summing up to N20,000.

 

UNIBEN SCHOOL FEES DEADLINE INFO

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▪️UNIBEN Kofa portal will be closed for online registration and school fees payment on Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

 

▪️Late Registration of courses online and late payment of school fees will be opened on Kofa on Monday, 6th September. However, an additional #10,000 will be added for late payment.

 

▪️LATE PAYMENT will end on Friday, 10th September after which the school students’ portal will be closed again.

 

▪️ Students’ Portal will be opened again on Monday, 13th September to give students a final chance to pay school fees ans register their courses online. This time, an additional #20,000 will be added for late payment.

 

▪️The Final Deadline for payment of school fees and online course registration is Friday, 17th September, 2021.

 

▪️ Students’ Portal will be closed for online registration and payment of school fees by 12midnight (00:00hrs) on 18th September.

 

▪️Any Student who fails to pay school fees and register online for this session will be deemed to have withdrawn from the school.

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What triggered students’ agitation was the part of the message that said students without payment by September 18th will forfeit their admission. Hence, considered to have dropped out.

According to source however, noted that the portal was closed as contained in the broadcast message but later reopened.

Students however lamented the outrageous increase in their fees, expressed their unhappiness about stopping payment before the end of session and demanded that the management look into the increment and unfair treatment of students.

As it stands, if management would not rescind their decision to increase the fees, old students who couldn’t pay up would have to pay N61,000 and N65,000 for non-science and science students respectfully. Freshers would also have to pay not less than N90,000.

UNIBEN Students in Ugbowo campus

 

Students therefore took turns to protest in their various campuses including the main gate blocking the Lagos-Benin Expressway and the closing of the school gates and disrupting academic activities on campus.

UNIBEN Students causes standstill

 

They are hereby calling on the School management, particularly the Vice Chancellor, Madam Lillian Salami to cut down on the measures and extend the fees Payment.

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Abigael Ibikunle

Associate Correspondent at Edugist, Abigael Ibikunle is a Mathematics Education graduate. A professional Journalist and a passionate writer. She can be reached via: abigail@edugist.org/+2347035835612

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