Students under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups students wing has lamented the outrageous fees being charged by ATBAU Bauchi, ABU Zaria with over 100%, and Ibrahim Babaginda with over 69%increase as well.
The CNG Students’ Wing, described the hike in tuition fees as an untimely, immoral, unconscionable, height of insensitivity and unacceptable attempt to deny the children of the poor access to affordable education, entrench class dichotomy and widen the gap between the rich and the poor.
Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, the National Coordinator Students’ Wing CNG, Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi said this singular act has not showcased the government’s responsiveness towards promoting inclusive education.
“We find it ridiculous and sad that stakeholders, particularly the lawmakers can not summon the courage to speak or stand with the people that sacrificed so much to see them in office at this trying time to demand an immediate reversal in the hike.
“It’s currently predicted that more girls will drop out of school following the current economic hardship, unemployment, poverty, and insecurity which is crippling most of the commercial activities, particularly in Northern Nigeria.
“It’s worrisome that this was coming at a time when promoting girl’s education was at the front burner of global discourse, especially in developing countries.
If the fees hike is not reviewed downward, it might force many students to drop out of school and increase social vices, as students might be compelled to survive by all means.
The group urge the governments at all levels to revert to the old fee to enable students from poor and marginalized families to access tertiary education and break the chain of poverty and appealed to the students to be law-abiding and not to take the law into their hands.