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Ikpeazu scraps ABSU'S pandemic prevention fee, gift students N30000 each

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has scrapped the Pandemic prevention fee imposed on ABSU students by the management
Ernest Sunday

Following the ongoing news about students of Abia State University, ABSU being asked to pay the sum of 15000 nairas each as pandemic prevention fee, the governor of Abia State Okezie Ikpeazu has said that no student should pay such.

The governor said this on Thursday, November 5th, 2020, while on a meeting with students & management of Abia State University in a town hall.

According to him, the decision to scrap the payment was made after looking into the hardship that has fallen on every Nigerian citizen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ikpeazu, after removing the payment scheme has ordered payment of N30,000 to each student of Abia State University to help them and their parent/guardians in the hard moment of the economic recession caused by the pandemic.

Ikpeazu scrapped the payment due to the hardship brought upon Nigerian citizens by COVID-19 pandemic

"Yesterday, I had a Town Hall meeting with students & management of Abia State University where a fee of N25,000 per student was proposed as medical fee but slashed to N15,000 to help ABSU put in place adequate measures to protect the soon to resume students from COVID-19 pandemic.

"In that same meeting, I approved immediate bursary payment to students of Abia origin in ABSU, to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on them & enable them to meet the medical fee obligations with ease, "Ikpeazu said.

"However, after a deep review of the agreement and its likely effect on all the students & their parents, I’ve directed the immediate scrapping of the “pandemic prevention fee” by the school management.

"Our government will now go ahead to pay N30,000 to each Abia student in the institution as further support to them, their parents and guardians in this very difficult moment of the economic downturn caused by the global health crisis.

"Let me also add that we are proud of the progress made by the institution in the past 5 years and will continue to support them.

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