By Omotayo Edubi
Reactions have started trailing the recent hike in tuition fees by the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, as students took to the streets to protest against the development.
“We no go gree, VC na Yahoo, Charles Igwe is a Thief” among other derogatory messages were displaced on different placards by the aggrieved students who also took to social media to express their rage over the increment while calling on the school management to review its decision.
The students are now to pay between N83,000 and 120,650 as against the previous amounts of between N40,000 and N95,000.
The new fees for various faculties were contained in a document titled “PropSchedule of Undergraduate Consolidated Service Charges for 2021/2022 Session” uploaded to the university’s website.
Due to this sad development, the students union government in their letter dated December 1, 2022, called for an emergency meeting to address the issue amicably but things seem not to work out as expected as students came out en mass to protest the increment.
The aggrieved students who assembled at the entrance of the Vice Chancellor demanded to see the VC but all efforts to meet with him proved abortive as he was said to be out of the school. This ignites the anger in the students who insisted the VC must address them before they leave.
The students continue with their protest while also searching Staff Vehicles around the VC office to check whether the VC was inside, Quest Times gathered.
A student of the faculty of Social Science who craved anonymity condemned what he called “the lackadaisical attitude of the management” towards the plights of the students and urged the management to reverse the fee with immediate effect.
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All efforts to speak with any of the University staff proved abortive as no one was on ground to address our correspondent at press time.
As of the time of compiling this report, the management is yet to make an official statement concerning the ongoing protest by the students.
- Additional information by Ayeni Gideon, UNN