UNN students protest 100 percent hike in fees

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Students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, have protested the 100 percent hike in their school fees.

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The university administration had on Thursday, published a memo detailing the categories of fees to be paid by its students.

The memo indicated that fresh students across the faculties in UNN are to pay a consolidated fee of N114,650 – N120,650, while older students are expected to pay between N85,000 – N95,000.

It was gathered that before the new development, old students in the institution paid a fee of N40,000, and new students N83,000.

One of the members of the Student Union Government in the school said the students were unhappy and uncomfortable with the astronomical increase.

“The students’ reaction is simple – we are not happy, we are not comfortable with the increment; even though the increment is inevitable, the amount is simply astronomical. They doubled it, like a 105 per cent increment, so it’s by far too much.

“That is what we are agitating for – there should be a reduction. We want an increment that is reasonable and bearable. 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 said.