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FG Order Tertiary Institution And Landlords To Refund Accommodation Fees Paid By Students

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Following the directive of the Federal Government to state governments to reopen schools in their respective states.

There are great signs that the Federal government is considering the option of directing schools and landlords to refund accommodation fees to students due to the continuous closure of schools across the nation.

Reports have it that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has asked landlords and higher institutions to refund or carry forward the accommodation fees paid by students for the 2019/2020 academic session.

Mr. Abdullahi Ahmad, Director, Communications and Liaison Department of the service, made this known in Abuja on Friday.

He revealed that Some aggrieved parents had signed petitions to the commission over the hostel accommodation and lodges paid by their wards to school authorities, landlords, and property agents.

The parents also wrote the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) questioning the payment for hostel accommodation and lodges that were not provided as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that caused the total shutdown of schools across the country.

 

Ahmad further assured parents/ wards that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) is aware of the closure of schools for over 6 months which has abruptly caused a vacancy in all hostels and lodges.

Ahmad while reassuring parents of their understanding said that schools and landlords have been instructed to refund or carry forward the accommodation fees paid by students once normalcy returns.

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