The Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma says his administration is yet to approve a new fee regime for students of Imo State University, Owerri.
Governor Uzodimma therefore enjoined the public to disregard the story purporting that a new fee of N150,000 per session now obtains at the university.
In a statement signed by Ezeafurukwe Paul Ihunanya, Director General, Operations, Hope New and Electronic Media Centre, the governor said his administration was yet to act on the recommendations of the Prof. Chinedu Nebo visitation panel into the university.
He added that his administration was still critically looking into the report of the panel and was yet to approve its recommendations or reject them.
The statement reads; “Our attention has been drawn to the news making the rounds wherein it was purported that the state government has increased the school fees of Imo State University students to the sum of N150,000 which is to take effect from 2020/2021 academic session.
“It has therefore become imperative to clear the air that the story in circulation backed up the copy of the Visitation Panel to Imo State University set up by the then Emeka Ihedioha, recommended the various fees for the academic programmes in the school.
“As a matter of fact the administration of Gov. Hope Uzodimma has received the reports and recommendations from the said panel and is yet to approve it or do otherwise.
“While the state government is critically looking into the report and recommendations submitted by the panel, Gov. Hope Uzodimma is very much interested in the standard of education in the state and would do everything possible to ensure that it meets up with global best standards especially in our tertiary institutions while making it affordable for all and sundry.
“The General Public is hereby advised to disregard the viral story of school fees increment which lacks clarity and truth and be rest assured that the status quo will be maintained pending the release of the white paper on the visitation panel of Imo State University”.