University of Jos students this morning went on a protest against the increase in tuition fees by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Hayward Babale Mafuyai. Some students I spoke to explained that the fee was increased by more than N10,000.
As early as 8am, placard-carrying students took over the main gate of the Bauchi Road campus of the university, condemning the increase and demanding a reversal.
Some of the placards read, ‘Daylight rape’, ‘our parents are government workers and have not been paid’, ‘many parents cannot afford the increase’, among others.
Acting president of the Student Union Government, of the institution, Nanlop Maya, who led the protest, said the increase amounted to “commercialisation of education and a demonstration of ‘the insensitivity of the school management to their plight.”
She said efforts to meet with management to discuss the matter were rebuffed.