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SUG UNN reacts to 100% increase in fees

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By Mercy Kelani

University of Nigeria Nsukka was founded on October, 1955 by Nnamdi Azikiwe.

On May 18, 1955, a law was passed for the establishment of a university in the Eastern Region of Nigeria, accompanied by the enactment of a legislation by many Nigerian leaders and the then Premier of the Eastern Region, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. With the help of advisers from the United States of America and the United Kingdom in the planning of physical and educational aspects of the proposed university, the formal opening of the university was held on October 7, 1960, with the performance of the opening ceremonies by Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra of Kent, who was in Nigeria to represent Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, at the Nigerian independence celebrations.

The University of Nigeria, popularly referred to as UNN and modelled on the American educational system, was founded in 1955 by Nnamdi Azikiwe but officially opened on October 7, 1960. It is a federal university that has its location in the Eastern Part of Nigeria – Nsukka, Enugu State – with three campuses in the state; Nsukka, Enugu and Ituku-Ozalla. The university is the first autonomous and full-fledged indigenous university in Nigeria and first land-grant university in Africa.

UNN hostel fees have increased to N35,000 annually.

Tuition and hostel fees have increased for undergraduates by 100 percent which has caused a disagreement between the school authorities and its students’ union. Following the 100 percent increase, first-year students of Faculties of Social Sciences, VTE, Agriculture Sciences, Education and Arts are to pay N110,000; second- and third-year students are to pay N85,000 while fourth-year students upwards are to pay N83,000. Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Health sciences and Basic Medical Sciences are to pay the highest tuition fees – 120,000, 95,000, 92,000; for first-year, second and third-year, and fourth-year students respectively.

Also, annual payment of hostel fees has increased to N35,000. Although agitated by this payment increase, the Students’ Union Government urged students and the university community to keep calm as they discuss reversal with the school authorities. The letter with Ref. No: SUG/UNEC/021/019, November 30, 2022, has the signature of the SUG President, UNEC, Comr. Cyprian C Idoko (Behaviour); SUG Deputy Senate President, Dist. Sen. Ali. Cajetan; and the Speaker of the SUG House of Reps., UNEC, Rt. Hon. Isaac Fredrick.

Pupils of UNN do not see any necessity for an 100% increment.

The letter stated that there have been previous meetings between the SUG and school authorities, held on November 26 and November 29, 2022, concerning the increment of school fees during which it was decided that there will be a revision in fees paid by undergraduates from tuition fee to hostel fee. Given the fact that the university is preparing towards the beginning of another session, the SUG; Executive Council, members of the House of Representatives and Senate; Hall Government Officials; and Faculty and Departmental Presidents converged at the SUG Secretariat UNEC at 5pm on November 30, 2022 for deliberations.

Students of UNN believe that the University’s proposal of an increment does not go in line with the realities in which they live in that development levies that has been previously paid by students in tuition fees have not brought about an improvement in infrastructure of any of the school’s campuses – Enugu campus, Ituku and Old site. Aside this, there are also situations whereby students are forced to pay in order to write exams, engage in pharmacology, cadaver and other practical learnings.

JCC says students should pay fees in line with current economic conditions.

Therefore, students are unable to believe there would be an end to these norms even when they begin to pay the proposed new tuition fees. As a result, the Joint Campus Committee (JCC) concluded that any proposed increase in fees by the University is unacceptable to the students as they are only permitted to pay fees that they deem considerate and in line with current economic conditions. This decision is based on the motto of UNN of being on the forefront of “restoring man’s dignity.”


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Abusi
Abusi
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1 year ago

The school administration should deem it fit to put the student’s into consideration. The fees were increased too much. It is actually as a result of the economic situation of the country, they should care more for their students.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
1 year ago

Because of the precarious state of the nation’s economy, the administration ought to show more concern for the welfare of its pupils.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
1 year ago

The administration of the school ought to think it appropriate to take into account the views of the students. The price increases are excessive overall.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
1 year ago

It’s unreasonable for federal schools to increase their school fees just like that, these schools are meant to be free or relatively affordable for everyone

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

The government should at least consider those that might not be able to afford these fees and considering the economic situation the government should at least be considerate

jdpumping
Member
1 year ago

Things are hard in Nigeria I see no reason school fees would be increased without considering the students of the institution andnotjust a 100percent increment,thats a no for me

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

Truthfully, proposal of an increment does not go in line with the realities…It should be declined…students should pay fees in line with current economic conditions.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

Be it a federal or private owned university 100 percent increment is too much and an unfair decision from the school management. We all know the situation of the country, at least they should be considerate of at all there will be increment in the fee.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

It is to everyone’s advantage that a law mandating the development of an institution in the Eastern Region of Nigeria was recently enacted, along with a corresponding piece of legislation.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

The proposed university’s physical and educational components have been planned with the assistance of consultants from the United States and the United Kingdom.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

The administration of the school and the undergraduate students’ union have come to an impasse over the significant hikes in tuition and housing costs that have been implemented for first-year students.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

it’s fine that the Students’ Union Government has issued a call to all members of the university community, including students, to maintain their composure as they discuss reversal with the school administration.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

Undergraduate students should be aware that a decision has been made to change the types of school fees they pay, from tuition to hostel.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

Even if they start paying the increased tuition rates that have been proposed, students have a hard time believing that these standards will ever be changed.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

University fee hikes are not acceptable to students because they are only required to pay costs that they agree are reasonable and fair given the current economic climate.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

The administration should pity and see how economy is now thing are hard increasement of the fees is too high for the student to afford the normal fees some are struggle to afford it bt now increasing it will be hard on the student

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

The country is at the verge of collapsing. Inflation is now obvious in almost everything in Nigeria. Now 100% increase in school fees in UNN. This present administration has finished this country.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

Increasing school fees now is very wrong. Things are very hard in this country, so many people find it very hard to feed. They should not increase any school fees

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

Library is an integral and an important part of education. We can’t do without it.The negligence of government shows they’re lack of concern for this sector.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

Why should the school fees of UNN increase by 100% at this time. It means there will be more drop out because their parent can’t afford the money.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

Though there is no where in the world where education is cheap but the government normally provide incentives for the students to cater for the students but Nigeria government is not sincere enough to do there part.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
1 year ago

The Students’ Union Government advised students and the university community to maintain their composure as they discussed reversal with the school administration, despite being upset by this payment hike.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

The school management should think it appropriate to take the students’ interests into account. There was an excessive increase in fees. They should provide their students greater attention because of the nation’s economic circumstances.