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Why we increased students’ registration fees – BUK

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The management of Bayero University Kano (BUK) has addressed the criticisms trailing the decision of the institution to increase its registration fees for students.

The varsity recently increased its central registration fees as well administrative and hostel maintenance charges for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The development, however, did not sit well with many students of the institution.

Addressing the issue at a media session on Sunday, Sagir Adamu-Abbas, the vice-chancellor of the institution, said the increment became imperative due to current economic realities in the country.

Adamu-Abbas said the cost of running the institution is very expensive. He revealed that the varsity spends an estimated N75 million monthly on electricity alone.

“The management was forced to increase the registration because it was practically impossible to provide social services to a student population of around 45,000, including a postgraduate and staff population of over 5,000, teaching and non-teaching,” he said.

“The increment was done in full consultation with staff unions including members of Academic Staff Union of Universities among others and students. The university also introduced welfare packages for their staff such as non-interest loans from microfinance banks payable within six months.”

The VC said the institution has introduced welfare packages for staff and students of the institution to enable them to cope with the effect of fuel subsidy removal in the country.

“Other incentives introduced to cushion the effect of the increase in fuel price that has caused the high price of commodities, were provision foodstuffs, shuttle buses, bicycle loans for junior staff payable within nine months at a cheaper rate,” he said.

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University of Ibadan students protest fee hike

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Thousands of students at the University of Ibadan have protested against a hike in school fees and other issues.

As early as 8 a.m., the visibly angry students moved in large numbers to all the entrances of the institution and blocked them.

Both academic and non-academic staff were locked outside the gates.

After blocking all the entrances, they moved from one faculty to another to ensure that academic activities were totally paralysed.

The students who warned sternly that there should be no video recording of the protest explained that the school management has not been fair to them.

Some of them who spoke with Vanguard said three issues compelled them to troop out.

A male student said, “We are protesting against injustice and insensitivity of the state school authorities to our plight.”

“You can imagine the authorities saying they will be shedding power henceforth, which means there are days we will be in darkness. How do they expect us to study?”.

“Secondly, they have hiked school fees astronomically to an unimaginable proportion. Do they want us to abandon our studies? Our parents are saying there is no money. Even feeding is difficult and we are still trying to wriggle out of this they are bringing hike in tuition fees. We cannot take this any longer. Enough is enough”.

“The third issue is the victimization of some of our colleagues who protested last time. The police have arrested them and up to now, they are still being detained for saying no to injustice. They are hurting us and they don’t want us to complain.”

Three female students who are in science said the situation is worse for them as they have to pay through their noses.

One of them said when she gained admission, she paid around N78,000 but now she is asked to pay over N300,000; some are paying N200,000.

The event disrupted the early take-off of a programme scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Department of Economics, CBN Hall.

The students went to the premises and shut all the gates, while a few staff members who managed to trek from the gates scampered for safety.

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Sanwo-Olu pledges N5bn to construct Lagos NYSC permanent site

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos governor, says he will approve N5 billion for the construction of a permanent orientation camp for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the state.

The governor addressed the Batch B Stream 1 corps members on Tuesday at the state’s current orientation camp in Iyana Ipaja.

He said the state would be setting aside N5 billion intended to commence the development of the permanent site.

While addressing the new corps members, Sanwo-Olu also pledged N100,000 each as a gift to the reported 4,254 members of the batch.

“It will be made available in your account. Your directors will credit you. Don’t worry. This is how we do in Lagos,” he told them.

The governor also promised automatic employment into the civil service for 100 corps members in the batch after their service year.

He admonished the corps members to live by discipline, perseverance, and teamwork during the three-week orientation course.

“Because we are a performance-driven government and we’re sensitive to what is expected of every one of you, I will be monitoring this particular batch. This particular batch is now my home,” he said.

“At the end of your time, I will pick the best 100 corps members out of this batch. They will get automatic employment in the neighbourhood state public service.”

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Mercy Chinwo, husband offer scholarships to 100 UNICAL students

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Mercy Chinwo, the Nigerian gospel singer, and her husband Blessed Uzochikwa have offered full scholarships to 100 University of Calabar (UNICAL) students through the Mercyisblessed Foundation.

The couple announced the gesture before a crowd of students during their tour of the university on Friday, July 12, 2024.

In a statement, the lovebirds disclosed that the scholarship entails full payment of school fees and other compliments that foster stability in learning for indigent and bright students of the university.

“The criteria for selection and other modalities to shortlist eligible candidates would be communicated through appropriate channels. The scholarship is with immediate effect,” the statement reads.

The philanthropic gesture is not the first from Chinwo and Uzochikwa, a pastor, in 2024.

In April, the couple also awarded scholarships to 50 undergraduates at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) on behalf of their foundation and Charis, their son.

The ‘You Do This One’ hitmaker had revealed that the scholarship is a token of giveback to a society that raised her.

“Port Harcourt is home to me any day. The memories are fresh of a city where I dared to dream and hope for a purposeful life. I thank the Lord for His work in me and through me so far. The scholarship is to inspire students that their dreams and ambitions are valid and not to give up because there is a God who has ‘Excess Love’, ” she said.

The singer recently unveiled a 12-track album ‘Overwhelming Victory’, which she recorded while she was pregnant.

Chinwo is also credited for hit projects like ‘Elevated’, ‘Wonder’, and ‘Confidence’, among others.

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