‘Snake swallowed our school fees’ Benue State University students shutdown school

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Students of Benue State University are protesting the management’s decision to prevent those owing the school from writing their 2nd-semester exams. Their pictures were shared online, with some of them carrying placards that read: Snake swallowed our school fees.

This is in reference to the recent news that a snake swallowed N36million in the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board (JAMB) office.

Academic activities in the school have been paralyzed as a result of the protest.

Most of the victims, who are final year students, could have a spillover if not allowed to take part in the examination.

The protesting students, locked the two major gates leading to the school premises, chanting solidarity songs.

They called on the management to allow them to sit for the exams.

Some of the students, who spoke with newsmen, called for the immediate intervention of the state governor on the issue. According to them, the state government’s inaction had left our parents in terrible financial situation.

Charity Akor told newsmen that her parents were both civil servants, owed backlog of salaries, but have three of their children in higher the institutions. Mike Ibiam, also a student told newsmen that “this is a state institution and the government must show understanding with the students.

“This is so because the state government that owns this institution, had also not paid its workers, our parents, who need their wages to pay our fees,‘’ he said. However, as at the time of filing this report, management of the institution had announced the immediate suspension of examinations, scheduled to have commenced Friday, but no official of the school was willing to comment on the situation.

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