Students of the Delta State School of Health Technology, Ofuoma, (DESCOHTECH), Ughelli North local government area of the state Wednesday morning took to the streets protesting against what they called 100 percent hike in their tuition by governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
The protesting students who abandoned their ongoing examinations to embark on the protest, demanded for the immediate reversal of the 100 percent hike aside other fees, saying that governor Okowa has killed education in the state following his policies even as they described his prosperity for all Deltans agenda as a scam.
A student who simply identified her name as Okeoghene told HardReporters, that
“Okowa is looking for where to heap money that he will use to run for second tenure come 2019. What is the meaning of prosperity for all Deltans? How can a government with human face increase our school fees from N17, 000 to N35, 000 in this critical time. Where is his acclaimed prosperity for all Deltans.
“Things were never like this when governor Uduaghan was on seat. The second name of Okowa is wickedness, heartless human. Pay teachers and council workers their salaries you refused to pay now you want to milk the students. All we are saying is no, let Okowa revert to the old fee.”
The protesting students however locked and barricaded the institution entrance, thereby preventing entry and exit as the institution authority watched hopelessly.
All efforts to reach out to the Provost of the Delta State College of Health Technology, Ofuoma, (DESCOHTECH), Mrs. Agnes Olojoba proved abortive as her mobile line could not be reached but when HardReporters contacted the chairman, governing council of the institution, Mr. Nelson Ejakpovi, he confirmed the situation but swiftly added that everything has been brought under control.
It would be recalled that the institution’s chairman, governing council, Mr. Nelson Ejakpovi had been at loggerhead with the institution’s provost, Mrs. Agnes Olojoba over embezzlement of funds amounting to N100 million by the provost which the Delta state Auditor General’s panel investigated and indicted her.