Suspend Tuition Fees Hike, Lawmaker Tells el-Rufai

A member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, representing Jaba constituency, Hon Samson Dikko (PDP-Jaba) has called on Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai to suspend his planned tuition fee hike.

Dikko who vehemently rejected the increase in tuition fee, called on the State Government to immediately suspend such plans in all the tertiary institutions of the state.

Recall that the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) students had earlier berated the lawmakers over their silence on the tuition fees hike, promising to make them politically irrelevant.

Speaking in Kwoi, the headquarters of Jaba local governments, Dikko said there is no gain saying that education is the bedrock of development in any society should the el-Rufai’s led government insist on the tuition fees hike.

“Education is an essential gift from the government to a child. Let me link this thought with one inscription boldly written and pasted at the former Leventis round about by the Kaduna
state government that “It is a must for children of the poor to have access to quality education.”

The lawmaker said going by that inscription written by the el-Rufai’s administration, they are duty bound to allow children access to free and qualitative education from primary to tertiary level.

“While Kaduna state government is
hiking the tuition fee of her students, the Sule Lamido University in Jigawa state is offering a free education to her female students to enable them get qualitative education. What a contradiction.

” It is a known fact that the Jigawa state cannot compare its revenue generation with that of Kaduna state. It is the primary responsibility of government to alleviate suffering from the teaming masses and not creating problems and hardship,” Dikko added.

He said the most painful aspect of the issue is the fact that parents of most of the students were sacked from work in the ongoing rationalisation in the state.

“It was a pointer that students within this category are likely to drop out
from their educational pursuit. My question here is: leaving these students and their parents unprotected from this unfortunate situation, don’t you think it will create more rooms for social ills and other forms of criminality in the state? We must know that s stitch in time saves nine,” he said.

“In the light of this fact, I wish to draw the attention of the Kaduna state government as a matter of urgent public importance to suspend the planned action, ” Dikko insist.

On insecurity, Dikko said: “I am deeply worried that our roads that link the Kaduna city to other major cities are not safe for the commuters. Are we talking of Kaduna Birnin-Gwari road where it is over ten years now that
people hardly follow the road to Lagos in fear of armed bandits, are we also talking of Zaria road or Kaduna-Kafanchan road?

” The worst is the Kaduna-Abuja road where people have resorted into following railway line from Kaduna to Abuja. But the question here is who can afford the rail line transport if not just a few of us. Indeed we are not safe in our homes; our farmers are not
safe, our student no longer go to school because of fear of kidnappers,” the lawmaker said of the insecurity in the state.

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