Abia State University School Fees Reduces By N10,000
The Abia State Executive Council led by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has approved N10,000 reduction in the school fees for Abia indigenes in Abia State University, Uturu. In the same light, the approval of the immediate relocation of the Faculties of Law and Humanities to Umuahia while Faculty of Engineering is to be relocated to Aba was also given.
These were disclosed by the Honourable Commissioner for Information, Culture and Strategy, Comrade Bonnie Iwuoha while addressing journalists after this week's Executive Council meeting.
The Commissioner informed that the reduction in school fees was to encourage poor and needy Abia indigenes to go to school, adding that each student from Abia would prove his identity by presentation of tax receipts of their parents or guidance and biometrically.
Comrade Iwuoha further said that in an effort to improve Internally Generated Revenue in the State, government has withdrawn all previous approval given to MDAs which permitted them to collect all forms of revenue, saying that, henceforth, all such money should be paid into the IGR account made available by the Board of Inland Revenue. He also stated that rehabilitation of Umuahia water project is on and it will serve Umuahia North, Umuahia South and Ikwuano, while steps are are on to restore water supply in Aba and so many other projects are ongoing.
On education, the 1st phase of the free school meal programme has successfully been tested and the 2nd phase will take place when schools resume.
This step of presenting tax clearance certificates before qualifying to enjoy the fee reduction is a planned one to ensure adequate compliance to tax payment by indigenes as the effort to curb tax evading is on the high. At the same time, it will further increase the amount coming into the government's pocket.
Good move or not, the government has its own agenda even while the sister institution (Abia State Polytechnic) of the Abia State University is still under lock and key because of the same government's inability to pay her staff.