- Students in Abia will no longer have to pay the controversial pandemic prevention fee as the state governor has scrapped it
- Governor Ikpeazu gave the order as a result of the backlash that followed the imposition of the fee
- Recall that the management of Abia State University had imposed a N15,000 fee on its students to be paid upon resumption
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has put a smile on the faces of the students of Abia State University (ABSU) after canceling the N15,000 pandemic prevention fee imposed by the institution's management.
Legit.ng gathered that the Abia state governor gave the order on Wednesday, November 4, during a town hall meeting with students and management of the school following a public outcry by Nigerians.
Ikpeazu who made this known in a series of tweets shared on his Twitter page also posted photos from the town hall meeting.
It would be recalled that the school's management in a memo by its registrar, Acho Elendu, had directed its students to pay the controversial pandemic prevention fee upon resumption for the first semester of the 2019/2020 academic session.
However, Ikpeazu in reaction to the uproar generated by the pandemic fee ordered the payment to be canceled.
He went on to announce that his government would pay each student N30,000 to support them and their parents in light of the economic downturn caused by the global pandemic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Lagos state government announced that six people in a secondary school have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
Akin Abayomi, the health commissioner, made this known on Friday, November 6, as the country faces the possibility of the second lockdown amid a surge of new COVID-19 cases.
The commissioner, speaking further, said the first COVID-19 case in the school was detected on Tuesday, November 3.
In a related development, the number of coronavirus cases fell on Saturday, November 7, to 59 after recording over 100 infections for days.
The latest update released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday night showed Kaduna leading with 28 infections.
This is a sharp decline from Friday's 223 fresh cases which had Lagos and Abuja leading.
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