” Parents demand sack of VC
Some Parents and students of the Federal University LoKoja FUL has protested the planned three hundred percent hike in tuition and other charges by the management of the institution.
This is as they called for the immediate removal of the vice chancellor, professor Olayemi Akinwumi whom they described as having “penchant for inflicting financial pains” on the hapless parents and students of the institution without recourse to economic realities facing the people.
Some of the parents who spoke to Daily Independent under anonymity, urged the Management of the institution to reverse the increment in order not to deny majority of students of higher education.
They decried the over 300% increment imposed by the new fee regime, saying that raising the fee from #55,000 to over #187:000 is inhuman and attempt to deny the children of the poor of higher education.
Giving the breakdown of the planned fees for various categories of students, the parents said, “Remedial course which was N50,000 now N100,000 while fees for new intake which was N56,000 now moved to N188,500.
“New intake Art/social sciences students,will pay #183500 as against N55,000 just as the returning students are expected to pay N113,000 as against the former fees of N47,000” they quipped.
While lamenting at the shylock attitude of the vice chancellor, they disclosed that he has equally increased accomodation fee from #20,000;to #60,000 even GST hand book sold to students at N1,500 per copy now increased to N6,500.
“The Vice Chancellor is a civil servant and we expect that he should be aware of the current economic doldrum the people of this country are passing through. How can people pay their children school fees with the current increment when sources of income remained stagnant” they lamented.
Reacting to the protest , the Public Relation Officer of the university , Mr Daniel Iyke said there has not been any official release of any increase in the university charges .
He pointed out that the federal government due to the current economic situation can not effectively fund education sector , noting that there has been an increase in charges from one university to another, stressing that if the federal university Lokoja is trying to consider an increase , it should not be totally out of place.
“However, it will be important for parents, students and the public to give us benefit of the doubt and be patient before the official release of any document to that effect before any body can complain” he said