Students from the University of Maiduguri have decisively rejected the newly introduced school fees from the school administration.
In a document signed by the institution's registrar, Mr Tijani Bukar, the newly introduced fees will take effect from the academic session 2019/2020.
Students who spoke to campus life said that the initial tuition for engineering students was N26000, but now raised to N34900. The school fees for mass communication were raised from 24,000 to 36,000, the fees for medicine and surgery from 10,000 to 22,000 increased from 36,000 to 115,000.
The fees for physiotherapy were raised, among other things, from 28,000 to 60,000.
The students, however, have expressed displeasure and reported on social media platforms to express their grievances with the hashtag #sendungodlychargesinunimaid #unimaidfeehike
One student, Emmanuel Onyekwere, who spoke with our reporter, said the school leadership's actions are godless, inhumane and thoughtful.
"This could be termed inhuman, ungodly, and thoughtful in its best word.There are two things to keep in mind, the first is time.We had barely two weeks vacation to resume a new academic session.Many students here are, who pay their bills at this university – how could the university leadership be so passionate – the news comes four days after the start of a new academic session – most students are already familiar with what they're used to, how can we handle it? "
"The second is the growth rate, they are so alarming !!! For example, a medical student now pays five thousand naira against the previous 36,500 – where in God's name is this happening? The hostels have been moved from 10,000 to 22,000 and we find that unbearable and insensitive. "
"I was moved to lead a movement when I saw the reactions of my fellow students who let out their disappointment and dismay. This is simply a drive to deprive the children of the poor of the opportunity to continue their education, and we must all rise to it! We will not allow it, "he said.
In a telephone interview with the student union president Farouk Ahmad told EduCeleb.com that the fraternity had not clarified the cause of the increase and that the vice-chancellor of the university was meeting in the National Assembly in Abuja.
"I have to hear from the management that this is one of the efforts we've made since yesterday, and we've contacted some members of the Senate and senior management to find out the cause of the increment."
"It was released last night as most executives were absent. The vice-chancellor is not in the city for the National Assembly, but inscha Allah, together with the incoming SUG president, we will find a way out. "
"We will see the possibility that the management accepts our plea, as the students will be at the receiving end, especially due to the fact that the students have only two weeks off the last session. Most students could not meet their financial obligations, "he said.
Asked if the Union supported student-led online protest, he said, "The most important thing is to find out what is causing the increase before you start protesting. We do not want to be part of the protest right now, and at the end of the day we realize that the increment is for the benefit of the student. We will therefore find out the reason for the increment before we can act.
"The students therefore plead for the complete reversal of these fees and the intervention of the Federal Government.
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