The Borno State Chapter of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for reversal of the over 100 per cent registration fees and other charges hike announced by the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
A statement by the Borno chapter Chairman, Comrade Mohammed Babagana Mustafa, said 90 per cent of indigent students cant afford it despite the latest measure by the institution that students who cant afford to pay full should pay in two instalments.
Mustafa noted that the measures by the university that students should pay by instalments confirmed the fact that the hike was too much in view of the current economic hardship in the nation.
“The bulletin from the management of UNIMAID, urging students to pay the new fee and charges via instalments has vindicated some students’ assertion, that the fee is not only exorbitant but also inhuman considering the economic misfortunes currently in place.
“In view of the above, we urge all students of UNIMAID not to proceed on any payment of whatsoever fee, as the leadership of NANS is currently making consultations and consolidation on the matter.
“As the Nigerians’ right to protest are safeguarded under sections 38, 39, 40 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution, Articles 18, 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, if pushed to an extreme end, we will not hesitate to come out together with our parents and guardians to voice out our displeasures, disappointments and frustrations in an assembled and peaceful manner each day till the total reversal of the increment fee and other charges.
“Toward this end, we urge our great father, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, whom we know as the ” UBAN MARAYU of UNIMAID ” to please help thousands of his children in working for the reversal of the fee and other charges increment to where we use to afford.
Finally, we salute the courage of our leader, the National Vice President (Special Duties) Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki for his resolute stand towards seeing an end to this cankerworm that is at the verge of turning thousands of our students to dropouts.
“Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta,” the statement concluded