The Management of the Kaduna State University (KASU) has confirmed the upward review of its tuition fees but said consultations are ongoing with stakeholders.
The University’s Public Relation Officer Adamu Bargo, who made the confirmation in a statement in Kaduna, explained that the upward review was due to the present reality and efforts to improve the standard of learning.
He added that the decision was also to enhance development in the university.
The Spokesman said available record showed that 400 million naira was being spent monthly and 4.8 billion naira annually by the Kaduna State Government on payment of the university’s staff salaries.
He also explained that 25 million naira was also being spent as overhead monthly, while the university generates only 765.9 million naira as internally generated revenue annually. “In the year 2020, there was the allocation of 10 billion naira to the university meant for the execution of capital projects, but 5 billion naira was spent on overhead and personnel cost. “The upward review of the tuition fees is a difficult decision based on the reality of the present time.
Bargo however, said the institution hoped to improve the quality of teaching and research activities as well as create more conducive atmosphere of learning for staff and students.
Meanwhile, students have rejected the increase and described the management action as inhuman.
A medical student, Abdulrazak Shuaibu, who spoke on behalf of the students, said the tuition fees were increased from 26,000 naira to 150,000 naira for students in Faculty of Arts, Management and Social Sciences.
Shuaibu, who is former President of Kaduna State Students Union, noted that students in the Faculty of Medicine from the state would now pay 300,000 naira as against 24,000 naira while non-indigenes will pay 500,000 naira.
by Iliya Adamu Auta