STUDENTS of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) may soon smile if the House of Assembly realises its dream to have their fees cut by 60 per cent.
The House, which has already made provision in the 2012 budget to cover the expected slash in the fees, said the rate currently charged by the institution was unbearable.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Eugene Odoh, hinted of the planned cut in the fees when he received the ratified 2012 budget for his assent in Enugu.
He said the lawmakers decided to raise the budget figure originally presented to the House by Governor Sullivan Chime from N74.9 billion to N76.3 billion, a difference of N1.4 billion “to cushion the suffering of our relatives and constituents at ESUT with a view to reducing the school fees”.
Odoh said the fees charged by the school were the highest in the state, stressing that the government would not be said to be serving the people’s interest when they could not send their wards to the university.
He said: “This is considered looking at the yearnings and aspirations of our people and we felt that certain items needed to be imported into the budget irrespective of the fact that these items were not part of the draft presented to us on December 1, 2011, by the governor.
“In this regard, we felt that the high cost of living in ESUT is unbearable for our relatives and constituents and we have decided to make budgetary allocation believing that it is going to be accessed so that the fees of students in ESUT will be reduced and the House Committee on Education will follow it up with the Executive arm of government to ensure that this proposal is implemented”.