There is growing concern over increase in school fees of University of Abuja as many of the students are expressing their dissatisfaction over the increment seen as unfair to students and parents. But opinions are divided among the students over whether or not they should resist the new school fees by revolting.
Toyosi Wellbeing Adekoya, a student of the institution, wanted students to resist the new school fees, expressing lack of faith in the Students Union Government (SUG).
Nevertheless, another student of the institution who does not want his name in print, expressed that the SUG was part of the decision, saying it wasn’t necessary to embark on protest.
Adedeji Umar Olayinka commended the numerous ongoing development embarked upon by the VC, lamenting that it would be unfortunate to pay the high amount and still have “result issue and lecture inconsistency,” advising that the university should make effort to renovate the dilapidated halls to create conducive environment.
Expressing his view, Mohammed Zully, also a student, appealed to the authorities of the university to reconsider its stand, saying not all students come from wealthy homes.
Meanwhile the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, through a statement issued to assuage the feeling of the students, appealed to them to bear with the institution, sighting rising inflation and the daunting task inherent in getting materials needed for education.
Professor Na-allah added that the decision was also taken to reflect the determination that students cannot and must not receive second class education.
The Vice Chancellor expressed that the university is in the position to give them a credible experience as students to enable them graduate with knowledge, power and pride.
He advised the student not to listen to wrong advice urging them to protest because the repercussions may be unpalatable as he would not hesitate to descend heavily on such a person showing him/her the way out.
He promised that the university would not send anyone out of the class due to delay in course registration, however any student that refuses to pay a few weeks before the end of the semester would not be able to do so when the Portal closes.
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