Ebonyi state government has slashed the tuition fees of Ebonyi state University, EBSU, students due to the hardship occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Secretary to Ebonyi State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala stated this in a release made available to journalists in Abakaliki.
He said that non indigenous of Ebonyi state who are students of EBSU would have N10, 000 reduction in there school fees, while indigenous will have N20, 000 reduction and the reduction cuts across board.
He also disclosed that the amount reduced will be aggregated by the state government and be paid to the Ebonyi State University management sometime in 2021.
Ugbala stated: “Ebonyi State Government is aware of the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the world economies of which Ebonyi State is highly affected. We know that the finances of our people are highly affected which will in effect, affect the education of our children.
” To lessen the burdens on our parents especially in catering for the students of Ebonyi State University and encourage more of our students to go to university, the Governor has with effect from 2020/2021 academic session reduced the school fees of Ebonyi State University from year 1 to 5th year as follows:
“All non indigenes of Ebonyi State University School fees reduced by Ten thousand Naira (#10,000.00) per student. All indigenes of Ebonyi State in Ebonyi State University school fees reduced by Twenty Thousand Naira (#20, 000.00) per student.
“This amount will be aggregated and paid directly to Ebonyi State University management sometime in 2021.Note that last week, Ebonyi State Government released all monthly subventions owed to Ebonyi State University and additional Two Hundred Million Naira (#200, 000,000.00) Salary intervention fund totalling Five Hundred Million Naira (#500,000,000.00) to assist in staff salary payment off Ebonyi State University.
“This sacrifice will be affecting some other government programmes like infrastructure development and provision of medical services in the state as they have become opportunity cost. We request our young ones to start the process of registering themselves 200 per LGA to benefit from the #ENDSARS Empowerment fund which will be launched in November 2020”.