Students from the University of Benin barricaded the Benin-Lagos Expressway and the Ekheuan Road, bringing the Edo State capital to a halt over a N20,000 late registration fee imposed by the school management.
The students who took over the road at the school’s Ekheuan campus said they did so to protest the institution’s “indiscriminate increase in their school fees.”
Protesting students from the university’s Ugbowo campus also blocked the Benin-Lagos Expressway for several hours.
Students holding posters that said, “Federal Uni don turn BOWEN,” “UNIBEN no be BOWEN, urgent 20k no be our budget,” “Oppression comes in different forms,” and “We didn’t sign for this injustice,” played solidarity songs over the public address system.
When the site was visited, a student claimed they were protesting an additional N20,000 to their school fees within two weeks, adding that the portal has been regularly down, blocking access to students who wish to pay.
According to the student, they were given until September 3 to pay their fees when the portal was activated, with the warning that any payment made after that date will result in an extra N10,000 charge.
The student went on to say that immediately after the date, an additional N10,000 was put to the account without any previous notice, bringing the total to N20,000.
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