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Delta students association flays hike in state varsity fees

*Seeks Okowa’s intervention

The National Association of Delta State Students (NADESTU) has flayed the hike at the Delta State University (DELSU) school fees, and sought the intervention of the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to prevail on the management of the university.

In a statement it issued yesterday and signed by its national secretary, Mr. Onwuma Emmanuel, NADESTU said that the call for the intervention of the state governor became necessary following the outrageous school fees increment of the state owned University.

Noting that no student can meet the deadline of August 9 for the payment of school fees considering the increase the association said “the school fees increment and deadline are too sudden as no student can meet the demand with the 200% increase in school fees, it is crystal clear that many of the DELSU student will have to find their way out of the school, for example while 200 level students are now to pay N120,000 and N130,000, 100 level students are to pay N170,000 and N200,000 respectively.”

The statement further explained that it became imperative as Delta State students made up of the Niger Delta region are 40% of which available statistics has shown that over 20% of the students were yet to pay their school fees especially the 100 Level students.

“We there urge Dr. Emmanuel Okowa to come to the rescue of our students and prevail on the management of DELSU to reduce the school fees so that we can learn.” Meanwhile as part of its contributions to education in Africa, a non-profit organization under the aegis of books for Africa has donated pallet of Law books and journals to the University. The pallet which contains a total of 123 titles and 191 copies of the books is to enhance the academic studies of the students.

Expectedly, the organization which is based in Minnesota, United States of America is dedicated to collecting, sorting, shaping and distributed donated new books to children and adults of educational institution of Africa continent. Its mission is to end the book famine in Africa and since 1998, it has remained the largest shipper of donated library books to African continent shipping over 28,000,000 books to 49 different countries.

Findings revealed that in 2012 the organization was said to have shipped 2.2 million books valued at 28.8 million dollars to 22 African Countries with an additional 626 computers and 15 brand new libraries.

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