Students of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), have taken to various social media platforms to protest the hike in their tuition fees.
They are protesting against the 100% increase in their tuition fees and calling the school managements and relevant agencies to interfere in the issue as it can hinder their academic pursuit.
Recall that UNIMAID management, on December 1st 2022, increased the tution fees of various faculties.
WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that students in the faculty of agriculture, College of medical sciences, Faculty of Veterinary medicine, Faculty of social sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of management sciences, and Faculty of Pharmacy are affected.
Students will now have to pay double the initial amount. For example, 100L Accountancy student’s tuition fees were increased from #37,000 to #105,000, with 200 and 300 level paying #85,000. Also, 400L Veterinary Medicine student’s fees were increased from #45,000 to #175,000, and 600L from #39,700 to #173,000.
200L Architecture students fees were increased from #38,264 to #130,000; Microbiology 300L from #33,900 to #75000; Biochemistry 200L from #27,500 to #90,000 and 300L from #31,000 to #88,000.
200L students in the Faculty of Law will now have to pay #115,000 from #21,900, also 500L students will pay #108,000 from #19,800.
This is part of many other departments’ fees being increased above 100%.
Students have however expressed their displeasure and have taken to social media platforms to call the management to reduce the fees.
— UnimaidFeesHike (@SuleimanAdamSu6) January 14, 2023
Dear University of Maiduguri management, we are your children too. Please consider our labours and the pains of our parents. #UnimaidFeesHike #UnimaidExploits #DangerousFeesHike @SaharaReporters @MobilePunch @daily_trust pic.twitter.com/JYnBdgfeJQ
— Unimaidfeeshike (@purityotigba) January 14, 2023
Over 200% increment of fees is uncalled for. We deserve affordable education in the North East #UnimaidFeesHike #UnimaidExploits #DangerousFeesHike @SaharaReporters @MobilePunch @daily_trust pic.twitter.com/4kIbcZ8vyr
— UnimaidFessHike (@MalaAbiso) January 14, 2023
Ibrahim Sefui, a student of public law, who spoke to Within Nigeria said the increment is unfair and unbearable.
“My mother has been the one sponsoring my education since I was a child. She’s not from a rich family or living large. She’s from a little village of Chibok here in Borno State. Her dream is that I should one day acquire this degree and change the story of my generation. How is that possible if she has to pay N103,000 for my school fees which was supposed to be N28,000. Not just the fees. What will I eat when I’m in school, will my project be free? Will accommodation be free? Foodstuff and other things, she still has to provide for it. this is unfair and unbearable” he said
Another student, Hannah Joseph, said “The hike in the fees is very bad, especially for the poor.
It will affect me because I am the one training myself, and I have two younger sisters in another federal university. How will I cope? They should better reduce the fees”