OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the management of the University of Maiduguri and other higher institutions in the North East to halt any proposed hike in school fees as such a decision will lead to an increase in school drop out and insurgency in the region.
The resolution followed a motion sponsored by Mr Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno) under urgent matters of public importance at plenary.
Mr Monguno expressed worry that “if the hike in school fees is not contained, it will discourage students to apply or continue with their studies in the university and considering the fact that the word Boko Haram means anti western education, it will enable the insurgents in the North East to achieve their aim,” he added.
Contributing to the motion, Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Abia) advised the university to devise other means of generating revenue apart from increasing school fees as the upward review will discourage students from academic pursuit.
Mr Ahmed Jaha (APC, Borno), while supporting the motion, also said he is worried that with more than 62% of Nigeria’s 14 million out-of-school children living in the North East, enforcing a fee increment would blow up the figure.
Mr Ossai noted that the crisis of insurgency in the North East is more than enough reason to ensure that access and viability of education as a fundamental privilege is guaranteed for the already traumatised people.
The motion was adopted and referred to the relevant committee of the House.
The management of the University of Maiduguri had announced an increase in registration fee and other fees by between 40 and 400 per cent.