Speaking on behalf of the Postgraduate Students’ Representatives Council, Ja’afar Sani Bello, lamented the hike in fees despite the ‘harsh’ economic situation and decried the university management’s hard stance on the issue.
“I am an M.Sc II student in the Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture of the university. Our problem is the recent hike in the tuition fees by the management of ABU. Last year, for example, I paid N53,000, but coming back this year, we realised that there is increase of between 200 to 400 per cent. For instance in our department, students are now expected to pay N110,000 or N113,000, instead of the N53,000 paid last year. This excludes what students would be paying for research work, accommodation and other necessities. We have contacted the university management but they were adamant. The hike is harsh considering the economic environment of Nigeria. If we exhaust all avenues, we would be left with no alternative than to go to court to seek an injunction to restrict the university from implementing the hike. We want to appeal to the Federal Government to realise that postgraduate studies play a vital role in growth and transformation of countries,” Bello said.
Bello drew comparism between Postgraduate students’ fees in ABU and neighbouring universities of Bayero University (Kano) and Dan Fodio University (Sokoto) which he said was cheaper as they charge less than N60,000 for PG students.
Reacting to the threat, the Vice Chancellor of ABU, Professor Abdullahi Mustapha and DVC (Admin), Professor Na’iya Sada, advised the students against dragging the institution to court because they would have nothing to gain by so doing. Professor Sada said postgraduate programmes in ABU are cheaper compared to other universities.