Written by Godfrey AKON

Reps urge UniMaid to shelve fee hike

Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Thursday joined the Senate in asking the management of the University of Maiduguri, UniMaid, to stay action on the increment of its fees.

The legislators, in a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, urged the university authorities to suspend the fee hike until a thorough investigation was carried out on the reason for the increment.

The Senate had earlier learned of plans by the management of the institution to raise its charges by nearly 400 per cent, prompting the Red Chamber to dissuade the authorities from doing so in the interest of the parents and students of the university.

On Thursday at its plenary, the House followed suit, asking the university to suspend the plans, after a motion by a member representing Monguno/Marte/Nganzi federal constituency of Borno State, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno.

Monguno had argued that the hike will force many students out of school, urging the House to intervene on behalf of the students.

He said “The House received with deep concern the recent decision by the management of University of Maiduguri to increase the registration and other fees of students of the school from 40% to 400% in certain instances as strategically regrettable and unhelpful in the face of the plight of the people of the northeast as a whole.

Notes that irrespective of justification that may be attached to this decision due to maybe the peculiar operational and managerial realities of the school, the decision is one that must worry every well-meaning Nigerian at this time;

“Observes that education remains the biggest repellent and the most potent tool in our arsenal as a people to not only defeat Boko Haram for good but also revamp the northeast from the shackles of underdevelopment and poverty.

“Acknowledges the prime place the University of Maiduguri holds in this regards, is invaluable in the northeast in particular and to entire northern Nigeria and Nigeria in general.

“Further acknowledges the courage and determination of the University Management by being steadfast in the provision of an excellent academic environment and without shutting its campus in the face of severe threats during the heightened activity of the insurgency begs the case that this decision be reviewed.”

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