FUPRE Students Protest Fee Hike

Brouhaha erupts at the Federal University of Petroleum Effurun (FUPRE), as Students of the institution on Monday, protest over a new fees regime introduced by the school management.

The aggrieved students, who went on rampage, vented their anger by barricading the East-West road from the Warri axis in Delta State with bonfire, planks, used tyres, causing a huge traffic hold-up until the police intervened and cleared the road at about 3:10 p.m.

The protest, it was gathered, began peacefully in the institution’s premises but later escalate into barricading the ever-busy road.

This was seen as the last resort by the students after the meeting between representatives of the management and the students was deadlocked.

Brandishing placards with various inscriptions such as “This is FUPRE first in Africa not first in Warri, “They want to spoil your government, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GEJ,” ‘‘There is APC in our school, Goodluck come and help,’’ ‘‘Jonathan, you increase our school fees? among others, the students called for an immediate reversal of the policy.

Speaking with vice president of the FUPRE Students Union Government, Mr Valentine Ekanem, he stated the returning students should cough up N55,000 as against N26,400 they were used to, while the new students are to pay fees ranging from from N46,000 to N90,000.

According to the protesters, they have negotiated with the school management to reduce the fee but to know avail.

One of the protester who does not want his name in print, said, ” We are trying our possible best to avoid confrontation, but since consultation and consolidation have failed, the whole Nigeria must hear us. We want peace but we are not scared of crisis.”

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