Parents protest as Federal University Lokoja hikes school fees by 300 per cent

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Some angry parents of Federal University, Lokoja students on Tuesday staged a protest against the 300 per cent hike in the institution’s tuition fees.

The placard-bearing protesters marched round the university’s premises, chanting solidarity songs.

They threatened to sustain the protest until the university’s management reversed the hike.

They also called for immediate removal of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, for what they described as arbitrary hike in fees.
The leader of the group, Mr Moses Abraham, told newsmen that the hike was a plot to deny children of poor Nigerians the right to university education.

Abraham said that the increment was too high for parents to bear.

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government, through the Minister of Education, to prevail on the university management to reverse the hike to avert a violent protest.

“The Vice Chancellor is a civil servant and we expect that he should be aware of the current economic challenges Nigerians are passing through.

He wondered how parents could afford the hike “when sources of income remain stagnant”.

Another parent, Mrs Florence Anachebe, said, “When the Federal Government established the university few years ago, we were happy.

“Unfortunately, the current vice chancellor wants to deny us the opportunity to train our children in the university.

”Since he came, he has virtually increased all charges and now the school fees.”

In a reaction, the university’s Public Relation Office, Mr Daniel Iyke, said there has not been any official release of any increase in the university’s fees.

Iyke said that the hike in tuition fees had become inevitable since the Federal Government could no longer fund education alone.

He, therefore, said that it would not be out of place for the university to consider a review of its fees.

“However, it will be important for parents, students and the public to wait for official pronouncement by the authorities before complaining,” Iyke said. 

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