Imo students demonstrate against extortion, intimidation, and exorbitant tuition

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College and university students in Imo State have gone on strike over a number of issues, including extortion, intimidation, low quality education, inadequate infrastructure, and exorbitant tuition and fees.

The students demanded that the federal and state governments put an end to the extortion of their money through textbooks and freebies and the regular increases in their tuition rates.

In an effort to raise standards of education and morality, they begged the government to build schools that were suitable for learning and to supply necessary medical supplies, including power and boreholes.

Student bodies from several Owerri-based educational institutions were among the demonstrators, including FUTO, IMSU, UAES, Umuagwo, Ohaji, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, and Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education.

Additionally, they bemoaned the exorbitant cost of living, school fees, and student housing, blaming it all on the government’s misguided economic policies, inadequate infrastructure, and high unemployment rates in Imo State.

They demanded that the government address the issues of hunger, poverty, and misery by implementing policies that prioritize the needs of the people.

In an address to the demonstrators, Valentine Nzubechi, vice president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), told them that the state and federal governments will listen to their concerns and fulfill their demands for better education.

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