okorocha and his free education in IMO state …
OWERRI—The free education mantra of the Chief Rochas
Okorocha administration may have hit a dead end,
following the reintroduction of varying fees and charges
by the Imo State University management.
Vanguard investigation revealed that currently, the
“ancillary fees” payable by the students have been
dichotomized into indigenes and non-indigenes.
Part of the circular read: “Non-indigene students are
hereby reminded once more that Imo State University,
IMSU, Owerri, Governing Council, approved the
understated school fees for non-indigene students,
effective 2015/2016 session.
“The fees are: Faculty of Medicine N190,000, Faculty of
Law and Engineering N180,000, and indigenes N20,000.”
The University also reminded the students that “payment
of these fees is, in addition to the payment of the
Ancillary Fees of N19,500” by all students.
The obviously alarmed students were then advised by
IMSU management to “pay up without further delay, as
defaulters will pay extra N5,000, and will not be allowed
to sit for their semester examination, which has started.”
While directing the students to carry their official receipts
to the examination halls, the University also warned that
“failure to comply will result in such examinations being
When Vanguard contacted a functionary of the
institution, who pleaded anonymity, he confirmed the
development, adding that the payment of the Ancillary
Fees cuts across board.
“The payment of the Ancillary Fee of N19,500 cuts across
board. This fee covers identity cards, medicals and other
necessities,” the officer explained.
He also confirmed the payment of a minimum fee of
N150,000 for non-indigenes.
“This development is sequel to the observable non-
reciprocal gesture by other state governments to Imo
indigenes studying in their state tertiary institutions”, the