Monday, 8 December 2014

Anambra State University explains reason behind the expensive tiution fees, as staff decries none payment of two months salaries

Anambra state government has left the state owned university in bankrupty, even as it owes the staff for three months now.

The Vice Chancellor, Anambra State University (now Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Unuversity), Uli, Prof. Fidelis Okafor, who disclosed this to us appealed to the state government to increase its financial support to the university with a view to addressing their myriads of needs.
Prof. Okafor, explained that the ninety million naira (90,000,000) subvention accruing to the institution from the state government purse is far cry to paying remunerations of it staffers in the three campuses which amount to over 230,000,000, excluding miscellaneous expenses per month.
This according to the Vice Chancellor was among the reason their October and November salaries are yet unpaid,
Prof. Okafor, while noting that states like Imo pays 230,000,000 naira subvention to its university despite that its indigent students enjoy free education, Ebonyi N260,000,000; Plateau State pays 100% subvention, even as Kogi pays salaries of it staffers through electronic payment system; lamented that the ANSU’s major source of IGR and means of paying workers were the students duration fees of N55,000 drawn from N120,000 been paid by each student per session.
He explained out of N120,000 levies the students pay per session, N55,000 is actual duration fees which goes directly to the institution purse and used for payment of salaries and miscellenious expenses such as purchasing of fuels, and other, while remaining money are for sundry levies such as Student Union Government (SUG), Laboratories, Identity Cards, to mention a few.
The Academics, who further added the poor income forced them to obtain loans of 2.5 million naira last year in order to pay their workers salaries, praised the ex-governor, Chief Peter Obi for later redeeming the loan, urged his staff to be patient as he was very much confident that the government of Chief Willie Obiano would soon address the impasse hampering the university education.
However, the Professor noted that they have started running diploma programmes on Music and some management courses in order to raise their Internally Generated Revenue, even as he implored the visitation panel the state government constituted some months back to look into the institution’s needs and report back to the government to intensify its efforts so as to enable the governor take prompt action where necessary.
On the possibility of relocating the university from its temporary site at Uli to Igbariam campus, Prof. Okafor averred that the state legislatures are studying the law establishing the institution with a view to amending it, hence it lays on the hands of the both the state executive and legislative arm.



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