ABU Students Protest Over Increase of School Fees – from 16,800 to 20,500

Amadu Bello University Zaria ABU

Credible information reaching us confirmed that
the management of the Ahmadu University Zaria
(ABU) has increase the school fees payment for
all students of the institution.
Ngstudents.com gathered that
Students of the institution are grumbling over
recent increase in school fees.
The university was said to have announced
sudden increase in student fees without
explanation and many students were worried they
might not be able to pay the fees.
The Student Union Government and the
management were said to have commenced
discussions on the way forward but have yet to
reach a consensus.
The Students’ Representative Council (SRC)
President Comrade Bukar Sulaiman had asked
students to stop registration proceedings until a
resolution is taken.
Students were apparently not happy when they
were asked to pay additional N3, 250 without
clarification. Those in the Faculty of Arts and
Social Sciences pay the sum of N16, 800 as
fees, so with the recent increment they would
pay N20, 500.
Students’ registration exercise which
commenced last week was said to have been
suspended. The registration portal was later
closed following protest by the students union.
In a telephone chat, the SRC president said
“everybody should stop with the registration until
we finish meeting with management.”
Many students have already paid their
registration fees before the school registration
portal closed, it was gathered.
A memo signed by the president, and pasted in
different notice boards in the school said “with
great dismay, we observe an increase in school
registration fees of students’ especially returning
ones. This is a decision taken by the university
management without any prior consultation,
notification or discussion with SRC which is the
apex students’ body in the university.
“Therefore, the ABU SRC 2015/2016 on behalf of
the entire students of ABU will not accept the
act.”
One of the returning students said the fee
increment was rejected because students were
not aware of it. “We are not happy with this at
all, the management is aware that most us can’t
afford such outrageous increase.”
At the end of deliberation between the Council
and university management, a consensus was
reached; the money was reduced by fifty
percent.
One of the Reps said “yes we reached a
consensus, they will now reduce it by fifty
percent and the portal will be reopened for
students to continue with the registration.”
The management however did not say whether
students who made payments earlier will have a
refund of their monies.

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