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Open Letter To Ag. VC Of RSU: Students Decry Hike In School Fees


Dear Madam, I would like to begin by quoting an old African proverb which says: "WHEN RAINFALL IS ACCOMPANIED BY THUNDER, THE GROUND DOES NOT ONLY GET WET, DEVASTATING TRACES ARE LEFT BEHIND THAT COULD AFFECT GENERATIONS YET UNBORN"


You made history as the first female Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Your appointment as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Rivers State University by the Executive Governor of Rivers State and Visitor of the University, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS (Africa), on Saturday 3rd August, 2019 brought joy to some of us, who were of the opinion that you would perform better cause your a mother but it's not what we thought.

Ma, you are an African woman and it is not conventionally acceptable to explain such sayings to anyone with African roots. An African child is no stranger to the meanings conveyed by the crowing cock in the early hours of the morning, remember?
At the time of enrolling into the RIVERS STATE UNIVERSITY, we were imbued with hopes of attaining greatness and the ecstatic feeling of actualizing our aspirations was buzzing inside of us with unusual enthusiasm. Things have indeed changed! Today, that feeling has turned awry as life at the university is proving to be more and more unfriendly, like the infamous relationship between human skin and thorns. We are yet to recover from the brutal shock that hit us in the wake of the university's ill-informed decision to hike our fees without any compunction.

This decision is not only callous; it is also a testimony to the fact that the university prioritizes financial gains to academic excellence. And this, quite obviously, leaves the future of the university and its students in a very precarious state.
At a time when the university is still embroiled in a big struggle to meet the pressing needs of its students, one would have thought that developing infrastructure for a sound learning environment is the university's major goal. But the latest move by the university has proven that such plans are out of thought. So, Ma, rather than resorting to fee hiking, we are of the opinion that tackling those shortcomings that are besetting the institution in a justifiable way would have been more productive.

This unjustifiable situation has left me with one disturbing question: 'IS THE RIVERS STATE UNIVERSITY STILL A STATE INSTITUTION?'

If the need for this increment is on the premise of development of the school infrastructure, cause new faculties and departments have been created hence the need for more buildings, hostels and manpower. But I would love bring to your notice that the name RIVERS STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY which it was formally called was changed to RIVERS STATE UNIVERSITY with the vision of bringing Art,Science & technology, knowing fully well that it requires more manpower, faculty/hostel structures,etc, hence, the increment in allocation to the university has also been made and not increment  in school fees.
The students never asked for more faculties. Applicants/ students who applied for RSU were oriented with it's Disciplines of studies before apply.

If for any reason the increment will sway, it shouldn't be as high as you have fixed it and the impact does not come heavy on students with several conditions attached, at least 10% will be okay by both indigenous and non-indigenous students.
The heat the management is facing cannot and shouldn't be taken out on the poor students who fought their way into school through the tough admission stages from Waec to Jamb and to post utme.The management ought to take the challenges their faced with to the State Government and not to the students who can barely pay for their academic session fees and accommodations.


Mrs. Vice chancellor, I humbly wish to plead that you listen to the cry of the students community in RSU.
The poor deserves a quality education too. This unjust decision you spearheaded in increment of school fees will do more harm than good, it Will add to the number of dropouts in our society.
The timing, the fees, the unjustifiable reasons, I mean it's all wrong.


Therefore, I wish to publicly say that you should please have a rethink to re-plan and re-strategize on the way forward to ensure a fair, friendly and peaceful academic session and not to take decisions that is against the students community.
If fees were this high during your undergraduate days, Nigeria will not be where it is today. If Prof. Blessing C. Didia was like this, he wouldn't have been loved by all.

Finally, I want to say that the management of the Rivers State University should please not awake the lying dogs in the school. We love the stable fees we've been battling to pay for these years and we are okay with the peaceful nature in surrounding.

Don't push the students community to invoke the last "C" of Aluta.

THE NON-INDIGENOUS & INDIGENOUS STUDENTS OF RSU ARE SAYING NO TO THE HIKE  IN SCHOOL FEES.

Thanks and God bless you

Sign.
COMR.BIDEI MOSES D.