By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Students of Kaduna State University (KASU), have appealed to Nasir El-Rufa’i led government to reverse the 500 percent increment in tuition fees, saying the hike will seriously affect their quest for higher education especially the indigent ones.
This is as they students said many government officials, NGOs, religious and traditional leaders have been at the forefront advocating for higher education, with the believe that good education would help at reducing social vices and criminality in the society.
The students disclosed this in a letter issued and signed by President National Association of Science Students (NASS), KASU chapter, comrade Abubakar Buhari, made available to Journalists at the monthly Forum with Media on Peace Journalism organized by Interfaith Mediation Centre, (IMC), Kaduna on Friday.
The letter titled: An open letter to the Kaduna State Government on tuition fees increment on tertiary institutions (especially KASU), the students stated that “The 500% school fees increment is a threat to the education sector and also to the education of the poor masses in the state.”
According to them, education is a civil and social right every Citizens entitled to acquired constitutionally. They expressed surprise that KASU is trying to linked increment of fees to the scholarship of N109, 000 they could not accessed.
The letter averred that from records, only 2,310 out of over 21,000 students have benefited from the Scholarships since 2017 to date; stressing that since the increment is premised on the Scholarships, government should use the money to fund the school.
The Association expressed dismay that kaduna State is the highest in tuition fees charged in higher institutions across northern states including some private vasities citing IBB university Niger State, Jigawa, Kano, Sokoto among other states as examples.
The association also observed that with the retrenchment of student’s parent in civil service through rightsizing and those sacked without entitlements, many poor students are surely going to drop out in the midst of heightened fees and insecurity.
Earlier, participants at the forum took an overview of issues and events that occurred in the month of May, 2021 and those capable of creating tensions in due course.
Among the contentious issues listed includes Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) strike and Kaduna state government; continuous demolition of markets and commercial areas without providing alternative places for affected people in the state.
Others are: suspension of operating liecense of human right radio and television programme of Ahmed Isa over assault on guest, as well as continuous attack and Killings of Policemen in some parts of the country respectively.
Drugs and substance abuse by youth and adulty in the state and it’s effect on the general insecurity by a Non-Governmental Organization, the Eye Opener: Women and Youth Founder, Mrs. Margret Julius, among other issues were seriously highlighted by participants comprising media practitioners, religious leaders and others.