Following Monday protest by angry students of the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua in Ikot Ekpene local government area of the state over recent 100 percent increase in school fees the institutions Governing Council yesterday called for the suspension of such fee.
The decision, according to the council is to enable it look into the new policy and implement it in a way that would best suit both interest of the students and the management.
Addressing journalist at Ikot Osura campus of the institution, Chairman, governing council, Dr Akon Eyakenyi said the decision was taken by the immediate past Commissioner for Education, which is to take effect from the 2016/2017 school year and not applicable to older students.
She explained that the council will ensure that the interest of the state government in the welfare of the institution and the students are protected.
Eyakenyi advised the student to always consult and follow due processes to avoid unnecessary protests that may be hijacked by disgruntled elements.
“I want to enjoin our students to in every situation follow due process and consult before confrontation because your protest may be hijacked by those you did not expect and may turn out more serious than you intended”.
“The council will address student leaders to come up with decisions to be implemented in thye interest of peace’’ she stated
The council Chairman, who advised the students to channel their energies towards their academic pursuits, assured that the industrialization policy of the present administration will turned out in the best interest of polytechnic graduates as best hands among them will be sought to fill in job positions to be created by the industries.
The students had on Monday embarked on a peaceful protest over 100 percent fees increment where Ordinary National Diploma students were expected to pay N86,200 instead of N45,000 and Higher National Diploma students fee, increased from N38,000 to N85,700 by the school authority.