Niger Govt appeals to IBBUL Governing Council to reduce fees.
Yahaya zakka Minna.
The Niger State Government has appraised the new upward review of tuition fees for Students of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai proposed by the Governing Council of the University predicated on its efforts to improve the standard of learning in the University through human capital and infrastructural development.
The State Government appreciated the optimism of the Council that the review was taken for the betterment of the Students and the generality of the people of the State; however implored the Governing Council to listen to the voice of the people and other stakeholders including the Students’ union by reducing the tuition fees downward.
A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane stated that the State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello called on the Governing Council of the University to reconsider its position and review downward the tuition fees as follows: returning Students (indigene) from N67,925 to N50,000, new Students (indigene) from N129,675 to N95,000, non-indigene Students (returning) from N117,325 to N100,000, new Students (non-indigene) from N201,210 to N170,000, new foreign Students from N329,625 to N250,000 while returning foreign Students would pay N200,000 instead of N266,760.
The SSG urged the management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai to allow the payment of the Students tuition fees to be done in two installments with a view to reducing the financial burden on parents and guardians.
According to the SSG, “Niger State Government is committed to providing qualitative and affordable education to all and sundry, irrespective of ethnic, religious, or socio-political backgrounds”.
It would be recalled that the Governing Council and management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai recently increased tuition fees upwards for fresh, returning, non-indigenes and foreign Students because of the growing enormous financial responsibilities in the institution which generated an outcry from different quarters.