Governor Icpeazu reacted to the ABSU imposing a pandemic prevention tax of NIS 15,000 on students.
Abia State University has been ordered to lift the controversial AD 15,000 pandemic prevention fee levied on students.
Abia State Governor Okezi Ikpeazu gave the order during a Mayor’s meeting with students and school officials on Thursday 5 November.
He added that his government will pay N30,000 to each Abia student at the institution as additional support for them, their parents and guardians.
“Yesterday I had a meeting at City Hall with the students and management of Abia State University, at which a fee of 25,000 N per student was proposed for medical care, but it was reduced to 15,000 N to help ABSU deliver Adequate measures have been taken to protecting students who resume early education from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At the same meeting, I approved the immediate payment of a scholarship to Abia-born students at ABSU to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on them and enable them to meet their healthcare payment obligations with ease.
“However, after carefully reviewing the agreement and its likely implications for all students and their parents, I ordered the immediate removal of the“ pandemic prevention quota ”by the school authorities.
“Our government will now pay N30,000 to each Abia student at the institution as additional support to them, their parents and guardians during this very difficult time of the economic downturn caused by the global health crisis.
“I would also like to add that we are proud of the progress the institute has made over the past 5 years and will continue to support them.”