Abia slashes school fees for indigenes in own varsity


The Abia State Government has announced N10, 000 reduction in school fees for all its indigenes schooling at the Abia State University, Utu­ru (ABSU).

Commissioner for Informa­tion, Mr Bonnie Iwuoha, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Umuahia, said the gesture was to encourage university educa­tion among all classes of ‘Abians’.

The decision which according to him was taken at the meeting of the State’s Executive Council, was in pursuit of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu’s “determination to reach out to the poor and needy and encourage people from vari­ous backgrounds to acquire uni­versity education.”

He, however, added that bene­ficiaries must present the tax re­ceipts of their parents or guard­ians which must be verified through biometrics before they would qualify for the gesture.

The Commissioner appealed to other Abians studying in oth­er tertiary institutions in and outside the state not to feel bad about their exclusion, stressing that government still has their interest at heart.
He also announced that Gov­ernment had directed that the Law and Business faculties of ABSU be immediately relocat­ed from its main campus at Utu­ru to Umuahia where new struc­tures had been built for them.

Both faculties, according to him will now be domiciled in their facilities within the premis­es of Ibeku High School Umua­hia.
Similarly, the Engineering faculty of the institution would move to Aba “ as soon as fa­cilities at the new campus are ready”.

Explaining that ABSU was abinitio established as a multi- campus institution to stimulate even development, the Govern­ment’s spokesman said the mea­sure was in good faith.
Iwuoha further said that the state’s free school meal pro­gramme had successfully been tested at the three senatorial zones in the state which had re­sulted to increased school en­rollment in the affected schools.



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