Students of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, on Thursday paralysed the activities at the institution following a protest against alleged increase in school fees.
The students, who barricaded roads leading to the Otuoke Community and the institution, described the increase in the school fees from N55, 000 to N85, 000 as unacceptable.
The protest also led to the closure of some business outlets in the town which is the home town of President Goodluck Jonathan.
One of the students, Christy Asuen, said the increase in the tuition fees was not commensurate with the facilities available.
“We are studying under very tedious conditions. We don’t have power and water, most of us buy water and contribute money to buy power generating set,’’ she said.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, however, denied the increase.
“The truth is that we have not increased the school fees of the university,’’ he said, explaining that the fees advertised by the university during its admission were still the ones being paid.
He said the fees were charged according to the three sets of students that had so far gained admissions into the school.
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