School management

Parents reject UNIBEN late payment fees and ask Buhari to “call school administration to order”

The National Association of Parents of Students called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the crisis at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), over the additional amount that would be charged for the late payment of tuition fees.

The students had blocked the school door Tuesday, to protest against “late payment fees of N 20,000”, which would have been imposed by the institution.

Following the development, the management of the university ordered the closure of its campus on fears that the demonstration will be hijacked by thugs.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by Adeolu Ogunbanjo, the association’s national vice-president, the parents’ body said the additional N 20,000 allegedly imposed by the school authority as a fine for late payment came at a bad time. .

“It has been brought to our knowledge that a penalty of 20,000 naira is charged by the administration of the University of Benin for late payment by the parents,” the statement said.

“It is quite unfortunate that such sham accusations are being made on parents for not paying school fees early enough.

“With the current situation in the country and around the world, where the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants are devastating parents’ incomes, leading to job losses, lower incomes and wage cuts, we expect that the federal government and its institutions be sympathetic to the current economic challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This action by the university is unfortunate, reprehensible and totally unacceptable to Nigerian parents.

“We are therefore using this media to call on President Muhammadu Buhari through the Minister of Education to immediately call to order the administration of the University of Benin.