UI fees increment a wicked plot – ERC


Two pro-masses groups, Education Rights Campaign (ERC) and Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), have declared that the fees increment for medical students by the Senate of University of Ibadan is another tactic to worsen the economic condition of poor parents and students in the country.

The two bodies made this know in a statement signed by Samuel Ochoga, ERC Branch Secretary, copy of which was obtained by DAILY POST on Friday.

Ochoga lamented that “the decision of the UI adminstration to hike the accommodation fees and health professional training levies will compound the economic hardship of students and parents from working class background.”

He, however, insisted that “workers, parents and students must be united in a struggle to force immediate and unconditional reversal.”

While describing the purported fees hike as “wicked” and an attempt to deprive poor students of quality education, Ochoga called for “a probe panel that will comprised of the representative of Parents, Students and workers Unions ASUU, SSANU, NASU and NAAT) must be set –up to investigate how money realized from the accommodation fees paid by students in the last ten years was spent.”

He said “It was gathered that the university administration in its new schedule of payable fees for the 2017/ 2018 academic session has increased the accommodation fees expected to be paid by undergraduate students from N14, 000 to N30, 000. The accommodation fee for postgraduate students undertaking master programme has also been hiked from N20, 000 to N40, 000 while that of those undergoing Ph.D. programme has also been increased from N40, 000 to N120, 000 per bed space. To mass of students in basic medical and clinical sciences, this new schedule of fees represents a double tragedy to them. This is because an amount range from N75, 000 to N100, 000 is added to their payable fees. The implication of this is that medical and clinical science students in the University of Ibadan will be paying close to N122, 650.”

He said worried by this development, the two groups joined parents and students to strongly condemn the increment.

“The DSM and ERC strongly condemn this increment in accommodation levies and introduction of the so called health professional training levies. Both the increment in the accommodation fees and the introduction of a new fee will no doubt compound the economic hardship under which mass of the Nigeria students especially those from the working class background and their parent groan. Despite the claim that Nigeria’s economy has exited recession; the socio-economic condition of virtually all working class parents in the country has gone from bad to worse.

“It is an astounding paradox that when various data continue to give an impression of a decline in inflation rate, the prices of goods and services across the country continue to be high. The minimum wage of N18, 000 which is less than $50 per month has been due for an upward review since 2016. Yet, there is no guarantee that this will be implemented even if it is eventually approved especially now that the 2019 general election is at the corner. Over 27 states across the country continued to owe workers salary arrears that range from 5 to 15 months.

“It is in the light of this pathetic economic condition under which most working class parents across the country groan at this present moment that DSM and ERC describe the decision to hike the accommodation fees and introduction of a new fee particularly for students in medical and clinical sciences as unfair and wicked. Therefore, we call on students, parents (especially from the working class background) and workers within and outside the university to be united in a struggle to demand for immediate and unconditional reversal of this unfair decision,” he said.


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