Don't Force Us Into Rituals, S*x Trade – DELSU Students Warn State Government Over Rising Fees

Don’t Force Us Into Rituals, S*x Trade – DELSU Students Warn State Government Over Rising Fees.

Students at Delta State University, Abraka, have protested an enormous hike in school fees.

Hundreds of outraged students invaded the campus early in the morning, shutting down the major entrance gates as well as all other access routes, thereby blocking vehicular traffic into and out of the university.

The demonstrators held posters with various messages urging the management to reconsider the fee hike.

One of the placards read, “We don’t want to be involved in ritual activities and s*x trade in search for money for school fees.” 

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The students said that the management’s actions were forcing them into prostitution and ritual activities, and they urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to intervene immediately and initiate a tuition review in the state’s higher institutions.

They claimed that unless the fee increase decision was reconsidered, many students would drop out.

An eyewitness said, “The protesting students, both Deltans and non- Deltans, arrived at the Abraka campus in their numbers and locked up the main gate and the gates of the other sites.

“The protesters can be heard singing and calling the governor and the vice-chancellor’s names.

“The protesters appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to review the astronomical increase in school fees in the state as they don’t want to be involved in ritual activities and s*x trade in search for money for tuition.”

However, DELSU’s administration stated that all difficulties originating from the increase in school fees would be handled and resolved in a civilized manner, commending the institution’s students.

Prof Ben Nwanne, the institution’s Director of Ceremonies, Information, and Public Relations, stated as much in a statement.

While the statement encouraged students to register for their courses because student leaders were already in discussions with management, it also stated that “the Students’ Union Government is the only recognized entity holding brief for students on this topic.”

The statement read in part, “Oghale Emeka Rex, who is not a student of any Nigerian university, but claiming to be Deputy Coordinator of NANS Zone ‘B’, is the one stirring up protests in the university and also at the newly established Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro.

“To show management’s good faith, we have embarked on the following: Management has increased the number of students to participate in the work-study scheme for them to earn income to support their education; over 50 per cent of participants in the work-study scheme shall be new students, who are the ones affected by the fees adjustment; the work-study scheme has been extended to the Oleh campus; the payment of school fees in two instalments will be sustained so that it can be paid in two semesters; the variations in the breakdown of school fees in some faculties are being addressed and management is also holding talks with the SUG to resolve whatever issues are outstanding.”

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