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NANS Seeks FG Intervention On Tuition Hike

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The National Association of Nigerian Students has publicly opposed the country’s federal universities’ purported plans to double their tuition and other fees starting this academic year.

Fidel Info reports that NANS pleaded with President Muhammad Buhari, “As a matter of urgency, intervene and stop the scheme before it degenerates into crisis in the nation’s ivory towers.”

All Nigerian students engaged in higher education, both domestically and overseas, are governed by NANS, which has about 50 million members globally.

A survey across some federal universities in the country also revealed that some universities had announced a hike in fees.

But NANS in a letter addressed to Buhari, dated January 4, 2023, and titled, ‘Request for fatherly intervention on school fees increment by tertiary institutions in Nigeria’, was signed by the National President and the Senate President of the association, Usman Umar Barambu and Attah Unalue Felix respectively.

The students also copied for their notice the Minister of Education, the Executive Secretary of NUC, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, the National Security Adviser and the Inspector General of Police, among others.

Part of the statement read, “The VCs, by such move, are not only inconsiderate but also insensitive to the plights of their students. President Buhari should quickly intervene and stop the move as the majority of students, who attend public universities, particularly in Nigeria, are from financially disadvantaged homes and will not be able to afford such an increment.

“The vice chancellors and lecturers of various universities had already devised a special way of mitigating the effects of the planned increment by granting their own children in those schools significant rebate while leaving others from poor homes to their fate.”

Meanwhile, NANS has called on the Federal Government to increase the funding of the education sector through other means instead of depending on fee hike.

The association said the government had the constitutional responsibility to provide affordable education for its citizens, and as such must adopt other sources to fund the sector.

Recall that some federal universities recently commenced the increase of registration and tuition fees for students in a bid to improve the funding of the institutions.

NANS National Public Relations Officer, Temitope Giwa said the decision to increase fees was a burden to students and their parents.

He described as worrisome government’s inability to provide adequate funding for tertiary institutions, adding that workers’ salaries should be increased for parents considering the current economic realities.

He disclosed that a committee had been set up in all geo-political zones to interface with school management for possible reduction in the fees.

He said, “What we heard is that the government has asked the vice chancellors to increase the school fees and we are not happy with that.”

“We have set up a committee in all geo-political zones for us to meet with the management of any institution that has increased its fees so that they can stop such increase.”

“But if they must increase, it should not be more than 10 per cent increase. Not this one that we hear that some schools are increasing over 100 per cent. It’s too much. As we all know, there is no money.”

“When there was no increment of fee, some students were struggling to pay while some others couldn’t pay. Some go extra miles to get money for their fees. Some engage in cyber crime, prostitution, kidnapping and other social vices just to pay fees.”

“Now that you are increasing the fees, what are you telling them to do? Remember you are increasing the fees, but the salaries of the parents remain the same. How do you expect the students to survive?”

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Kwara Govt Appoints Acting Provost For College Of Education, Ilorin

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Following due consultations with the Governing Council of the College of Education Ilorin, the Kwara State Government has approved the appointment of Dr Jawondo Ayinde Sheu as the Acting Provost of the College of Education, Ilorin with effect from Monday 23rd January 2023.

Fidel Info reports that the appointment was announced following the termination of appointment of the former Acting Provost Dr Jimoh Ahmed Ayinla with immediate effect.

Dr Jawondo Ayinde Sheu until his appointment was the Dean School of languages, College of Education Ilorin.

The Governing Council, entire Management, Staff and students of the College have been enjoined to give adequate support and cooperation to the newly appointed Acting Provost of the College.

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“We Never Blamed Kwara Govt For Transportation Challenges”- UNILORIN

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The University of Ilorin, Ilorin, has distanced itself from a report by a blog, Fact News NG, claiming that the school authorities blamed the Kwara State Government for transportation challenges faced by its students.

Fidel Info reports that in a statement by Kunle Akogun, Director, Corporate Affairs, UNILORIN said the claims in the report are the wild imagination of the author of the concocted story.

“The report, which is purportedly based on the press statement we issued on Monday, 10th January, 2023, is a mischievous misrepresentation of the letters and intent of that press statement,” the University said.

Findings by our medium show that students of the institution do not just start facing transportation challenges. The transport glitch predates the construction of the Tunde Idiagbon Flyover in Tanke.

“The content of our original press statement is very clear and there is nowhere in it that the state government is blamed for the transportation glitch on University Road. That insinuation is in the wild imagination of the author of the factnewsng.com’s concocted story,” the University spokesperson added.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the University of Ilorin, as a reputable academic institution, has nothing to do with the politics of Kwara State and nobody should hide under our genuine concern for the welfare and wellbeing of our students to pursue personal agenda.”

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UNILORIN Seeks Kwara State Govt Intervention On Transportation Disaster

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Management of the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN is seeking the intervention of the Kwara State Government over the persistent transportation problems that has plagued the federal Institution for years.

Fidel Info reports that the University is considering revisiting the idea of virtual lectures to help assuage the situation.

The Director of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Kunle Akogun disclosed this in a statement.

The statement read, “Management of the University of Ilorin is deeply concerned about the enormity of the transportation challenges currently being faced by our students.

“We want to assure all that measures are being put in place to ease this difficulty in the shortest possible time.

“The Management is currently engaging with the Kwara State Government on the need to conclude the Flyover construction on the Tipper Garage axis of the University Road timely and the provision of more strategic interventions to ease the burden of our students.

The management is also considering the possibility of reviving the virtual lecture option, especially for large classes, to reduce the necessity of having large number of students on the road at peak periods.

“Arrangements had already been concluded to bring in big buses for massive movement of students but they could not be deployed yet due to the Flyover construction on the University Road.

“The management, however, appeals to our better by far students to exercise patience while concerted efforts are being made to resolve the unfortunate transportation challenges.

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