BY PRINCELY ONYENWE,IMO
KADUNA State University Has Hiked Its Tuition Fees From N26,000 to N500,000 for Non-Indigenes.
But the PRO Adamu Nuhu Bargo has maintained that it is still a rumour until the public will be informed on the new developments within the shortest possible time.
This is no doubt have raised serious tension in the school while students are planning to stage a protest against such increase.
A call put across to the school PRO confirmed the scenario while he however stated that the university management had met with students and that the specific fees for each course is yet to be announced.
Information made available to 9News Nigeria reveals that Kaduna State University has reviewed its tuition fees from N24,000 and N26,000 to N150,000 and N500,000.
This increase has been criticized and rejected by the students who said the increment came at a time when many are still recovering from the economic effects of Covid-19.
A press release by the Kaduna State Students’ Union SUG stated that the majority of the students come from poor backgrounds and will not be able to cope with the high fees.
The students’ union expressed fears about the effect of the increment, with the possibility of many students dropping out despite having scholarships.
The letter, addressed to Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, the Governor of the state, is yet to receive any response at the time of this report by 9News Nigeria.
The University’s Public Relation Officer (PRO), Adamu Nuhu Bargo, explained that the decision for an upward review in fee was to raise money for the university which has an annual internally generated revenue of N765.9 million.
An anonymous who spoke to 9News Nigeria is a medical student and former President of the Kaduna State Students’ Union, confirmed the exact figures to which the increment had been made.
He maintained that students in Faculty of Arts, Management and Social Sciences were to pay N150,000 from N26,000, while students from the Faculty of Medicine were to pay N300,000 for indigene students and N500,000 for non-indigene students as against N24,000.
The students have rejected the increment while the university management has given the excuse of creating a “more conducive atmosphere of learning for staff and students” as part of the reasons for fee increment.
A call to address this increase in the TUITION FEE is quite important.