Protest As Lokoja Varsity Increases School Fees

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja, Professor Olayemi Akunwumi, has come under fire following an increase in the fees payable by the new intakes.

New intakes for the 2022/2023 academic session into the faculty of sciences have been asked to pay N270,000 as against N100,000 by the old students.

A breakdown of the current hike in the students’ fees as published on the website indicated that the remedial course which had N50,000 as school fees was now N100,000 while fees for new students which was formerly N56,000 had increased to N188,500.

The information added that the fees for new intake art/social sciences hitherto fixed for N55,000 had been increased to N183,500 just as returning students are expected to pay N113,000 against the former fees of N47,000.

Similarly, student accommodation per bed space which was charged for N20,000 before has increased to N60,000 while the GST handbook sold to students at N1,500 per copy now goes for N6,500.

Protesters under the aegis of Parents of Students of Federal University Lokoja stormed the NUJ Secretariat, Lokoja on Tuesday calling for the immediate removal of the Vice Chancellor of the university for what they described as “arbitrary hike in the student’s school fees without recourse for the current economic situation in the country”.

The placards with various inscriptions parents said that the protest would continue until the management of the university reverse itself over the increment.

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