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Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), Professor Florence Obi, has directed that the payment of school charges by undergraduates of the institution be put on hold until further notice.

The Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Effiong Eyo, made this known in a statement entitled “Unical management suspends payment of school charges till further notice,” made available to the press in Calabar, the state capital.

Mr. Eyo stated that the Registrar of the University of Calabar, Mr. Gabriel Egbe, had disclosed that the directive came on the heels of a protest embarked upon by students of the institution over the recent adjustment in undergraduate school charges.

“In the release, the registrar said that the Management of the institution is a listening administration and has accordingly assured the students as critical stakeholders that appropriate arrangements have been put in place through constructive engagements with the students to resolve the matter.

“Management however commended the students for the mature, reasonable, and civilized manner exhibited towards resolving the matter,” the Public Relations Officer noted.

Recall that the students of the University of Calabar embarked on a peaceful protest against the increment on charges for undergraduates announced by the management of the University, early Monday.

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A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Effiong Eyo made available to journalists in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, had said the University had announced a slight adjustment in the charges of undergraduates of the institution.

The statement added that the slight adjustment in the charges was the outcome of an emergency meeting of the Senate of the University held on Friday, December 1, 2023.

Some of the placards carried by the protesting students read: “Step mother, you are wicked, but God our God will not allow you to go free. Allow the poor to school as well.

“We are humans, we bleed when we get cut. The economy is affected everybody.”

A summary of the slightly adjusted school fees of the University showed that non Science new students will pay N111,000, returning students will pay N91,500 and final year Students will pay N114,000.

Similarly, in the Science, new students are expected to pay N118,000, while returning students will pay N99,000 and final year students are to pay N121,500.

In the Medical, Law and Engineering Faculties, new students will have to pay N155,000.