The students’ wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups on Wednesday protested the increase in school fees and other levies across tertiary institutions in the North.
The National Coordinator of CNG (Students Wing), Jamilu Aliyu, who raised the issues during a press conference in Abuja said institutions such as Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi in the North-East; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in the North-West; all have over 100 per cent increase in school fees, while Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai in Niger State in the North-Central have over 60 per cent increase which he also described as very worrisome.
While giving the government three weeks ultimatum to address the issue to avoid further action, the organisation warned that except stringent measures were put in place to check the increment, the number of girls that would drop out of school would be on the increase.
Aliyu said “If the fee hike is not reviewed downward, it might force many students to drop out of school and increase social vices, as students might be compelled to survive by all means. We, therefore, urge the governments at all levels to revert to the old fee to enable students from less privileged and marginalized families to access tertiary education and break the chain of poverty.
“While we appeal to the students to be law abiding and not to take laws into their hands in the quest to seek reversal of the fee increase, we equally pray that the government will listen to the cries of innocent Nigerian students within three weeks to avoid further agitations.