From Andrew Ajijah Jos
Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Prof Tanko Ishaya said the increment in school charges on students from ₦45,000 to ₦140,000 was due to high cost of services being rendered to students.
The Vice Chancellor gave the explanation Wednesday at the University, while speaking with Journalists.
He gave reasons for the increment saying, it was due to high cost of living, adding that he received the approval of Council.
The Vice Chancellor named some of the services rendered to students to include: laboratory services, ICT services, Health services, Library services, electricity bills, purchase of diesel for generators, maintenance of structural felicities and Identity Cards for fresh students, among others.
Prof Ishaya said, should the University continued with the former ₦45,000 students’ charges, the University would be running at a deficit, which will amount to about 3.5 billion per section.
Prof. Ishaya said, after due consultation with Council of the University, the charges have reverted to ₦100,000 per student.
However, there is an upcoming NUGA games, therefore, newly admitted students shall pay ₦130,000 while returning students who are using laboratories will pay ₦140,000 only.
Prof Ishaya wondered why education is poorly funded by government, stressing that qualitative education can only be gotten through adequate funding.
He appealed to top political office holders and spirited individuals to subsidize education in the country as a means of assisting the less privileged.
It would be recalled that students of the University of Jos held street protest over the increment in the charges, pleading for total revert.