Prior to the addition of the technology levy to undergraduates’ schedule of fees for the 2018/19 academic session last week, several students have taken up to social platforms to vent out their anger over the sudden decision made by the university management.
However the vice chancellor, Olayinka Idowu, in a Whatsapp conversation with AFAS PRESS on the 4th of May, 2019, did give reason for the new attachment levy.
According to him, the new levy was to cover the expenses of providing fast, reliable and robust internet services for students, and that will require a whole lot in terms of funds.
“We are committed to providing fast, reliable and robust internet services to students.
“The University is opening up internet access to students on campus (to a capped volume per student per semester/session). As such there is an on-going investment on additional network infrastructure/ bandwidth.
“The bandwidth is projected to be increased in the first instance from the present 475 to 775 Mbps. It is worth mentioning that the bandwidth increase will be dedicated to the new student network.
“The bandwidth cost will grow from N64M to about N100M. This is excluding other required network infrastructural upgrade. I do hope this clarification helps in providing justification for the Technology Fee”.
Source: AFASPRESS ORGANIZATION