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INCREMENT IN UI FEES HAS BEEN REJECTED BY PARENTS

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INCREMENT IN UI FEES HAS BEEN REJECTED BY PARENTS : Parents rejected the proposed increment in the accommodation and tuition fees by the management of the University Of Ibadan, describing it as unacceptable.

Hundreds of parents, students and other stakeholders in the premier university expressed their displeasure at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by the institution’s management.

The UI Senate had approved the 114 per cent increment in the accommodation fees, which was increased from N14,000 to N30,000, for regular students and N40,000 for medical students.

However, speaking at the meeting, which took place at the Trenchard, University of Ibadan, the parents asked the institution’s management to rescind the decision.

But Professor Idowu Okayinka, the Vice Chancellor of the university, said the current state of the institution necessitated the upward review of some of the fees being paid by students of the premier university.

Addressing stakeholders who attended the meeting, the UI’ s Vice-Chancellor appealed parents and students to bear with the institution.

That notwithstanding, parents and students who besieged the venue of the meeting to express their displeasure over the development, rejected the proposed increment and called for its reversal.

They argued that the university should rescind its decision due to the current economic situation, which is making the existing fees unaffordable for some parents and indigent students.

Some of the parents who spoke one after the other during the meeting on Tuesday in their arguments, maintained that the meeting which came more than a week after the proposed fees was announcement was like “putting a cart before the horse.”

   Mr. Fashina Olusegun, one of the parents, said it was unfortunate that the university was coming up with the new fees without considering the present economic situation in the country.

Another parent who introduced himself as Elder M.O. Oduronbi, while rejecting the proposed increments, declared the purpose of sending their wards to public institutions would be defeated if the new fees were effected.

While moving a motion for the reversal of the fees, Oduronbi asserted that the university management was also aware that the new minimum wage has not changed from N18,000, hence, the university should not task them the money that they will not be able to pay in line with the current worker’s wages.

Another parent, Mr. Umeh Reuben, while narrating his ordeal, said if the new fees were effected, it will affect his three children who are in the institution because he could not afford to pay the fees.

Another angry parent who said he came to the meeting with a bathroom slippers noted that the rationale behind his coming in ordinary slippers was to show “the state of the nation”.

INCREMENT IN UI FEES HAS BEEN REJECTED BY PARENTS

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