The authorities of the Imo State University (IMSU) have reacted to the rumour making the rounds in the state that students of the institution are being asked to pay the sum of N20,000 as administrative and registration charges, stating that it is false and a calculated attempt to ridicule and whittle down the present 100% free education policy of the present Imo State government.
Speaking to Christian Voice, the Institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nze Raph Njokuobi, said that the allegations were unfounded and the handiwork of misguided interest groups who do not wish the entire Imo people, and the university community well.
According to the institution’s PRO, since the government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha declared absolute free tuition in all the state-owned tertiary institutions, every form of levy, including registration, acceptance, administrative and other fees were stopped forthwith.
However, according to Nze Njokuobi, students of IMSU were required to pay for essential sundries such as identity cards, medicals and few others which other students pay alongside their tuition fees in other institutions of higher learning in the country.
The institution’s PRO said that the total sundries paid by the IMSU students was only N19,500, not N20,000 as being alleged.
Nze Njokuobi, who described the IMSU’s admission policy as one of the best in the country said that people ought to be appreciative, and reciprocate kind gestures instead of peddling unnecessary rumours, adding that neither the institution’s management nor the Vice Chancellor will pay for the student’s sundries, but the students themselves.