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Students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, on Friday held protests over the 100 percent hike in their school fees and other fees which they felt was unjustifiable.
The Eastern Updates confirmed that the university authorities had earlier published a memo specifying categories of fees to be paid by its students.
The memo indicated that fresh students across the faculties in the university are to pay a consolidated fee of ₦114,650 – ₦120,650, while older students are expected to pay between ₦85,000 – ₦95,000.
It was gathered that before the new development, old students in the institution paid a fee of ₦40,000, and new students ₦83,000.
Meanwhile, a member of the Student Union Government, SUG, who did not want his name mentioned who spoke to reporters said the students are uncomfortable with the increase.
‘The students’ reaction is simple – we are not comfortable with the increment; even though the increment is inevitable, the amount they increased it to is too high. They doubled it, like a 105 percent increment, so it’s much.
‘That is what we are agitating for – there should be a reduction. And compared to other federal universities, you would see that we pay higher unless we do not go on strike again. Unless we are going to take up the responsibility of settling ASUU and all that, we won’t be going on strike like other federal universities, then the amount is ok. Students are saying that if we will not be going on strike, the amount is ok,’ he submitted.
Meanwhile, the university PRO said he was out of town and was unable to comment on the development.
The University authorities were yet to react to the protest.