ENUGU—STUDENTS of the Institute of Management and Technology, IMT, Enugu, yesterday, barricaded entrance to government house in protest against over 100 percent hike in school fees.
Although anti-riot policemen who were quickly deployed to the scene prevented the students from gaining entry into government house, no vehicle was allowed in and out of the Lion Building while the peaceful protest last.
Traffic along the Presidential and Bissala road was also disrupted for about two hours as the students marched from the IMT campus 2 to government house chanting anti-government slogans.
Armed with placards through which they expressed their anger , the students insisted on taking their protest to the Governor Sullivan Chime.
Spokesman of the students, Mr Odeme Udum, said they were opposed to the fee hike coming at a time the effect of fuel subsidy removal was biting harder.
He called on the government to reverse the increase to ameliorate the suffering of the students and their parents.
Addressing the students, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Chime, Mr. Chukwudi Achife, said government was concerned about their plights.
He told the students that the governor who traveled at the time of the protest, had disclosed that the school fees could be reduced when funds for implementation of this year’s budget were realized.
According to him, the state government has continued to increase subvention to IMT, and added that the government had increased the institution’s subvention this year.
Achife stated that the state government had mapped out strategies to get funds for this year’s budget implementation and appealed to the students not to disrupt the prevailing peace in the state.