Abia State Executive Council has approved a N10,000 reduction in tuition fees paid at Abia State University (ABSU).
The ‘gift’ is however limited to only Abia indigenes at the school.
According to the State government, every Abia indigene at the University will henceforth enjoy a N10,000 reduction in whatever he/she paid as tuition fee.
Abia EXCO also approved immediate relocation of faculties of Law and Humanities to Umuahia while Faculty of Engineering is to be relocated to Aba.
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Strategy, Comrade Bonnie Iwuoha disclosed these while addressing journalists after this week’s EXCO meeting.
He informed that the reduction in school fees was to encourage poor and needy Abia indigenes to go to school.
He however said each student from Abia state would prove his identity by presentation of tax receipts of their parents or guidance.
He also said they would be biometrically captured.
Mr. Iwuoha further said that in an effort to improve IGR in the State, government has withdrawn all previous approval given to MDAs which permitted them to collect all forms of revenue.
He said henceforth, all such money would be paid into the IGR account made available by the state Board of Internal Revenue.
Iwuoha also disclosed that rehabilitation of Umuahia water project is on and will serve Umuahia North, Umuahia South and Ikwuano, while steps are on to restore water supply in the commercial city of Aba.
He also said that work has commenced in Ohambele, where 100,000 oil palm seedlings have been planted with the aim of making Abia a major producer and exporter of palm oil.