Students of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) on Monday embarked on protest OVER increase of school fees by management of the institution.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng grapevine gathered that the students are protesting against the payment of development levy as well as admission acceptance fees.
Students at the early hours of yesterday morning blocked all entrance gate to the institution main campus locking out their lecturers and non-academic staff.
The protesting students caused a gridlock around Bauchi road chanting anti-school establishment songs.
They were carrying leaves and placards that read ‘we are rascals but VC is our father’ as well as chanting ‘VC must go!’.
The students vowed to continued to lock their lecturers and VC out of the school until the school management are able to reverse their decision to increase their development levy.
President of the Students Union Government, Mr. Abel Nok, said he tried to quell the students anger and begged them to write their examination, but that they refused.
He said, “I met with the school authorities and we resolved to ask the student s to sit their examinations pending the resolution of the dispute, but they were adamant.”
Abel Nok Du also disclosed to our correspondent that students were not happy with the increase of their levies, for which they had written and notified the school authorities.
He said: “We are calling for the removal of N10,000 development levies from our school fees; we are also calling for the reduction of N25,000 acceptance fees for admission.
“Our properties have been destroyed because students accused us of compromise.”
According to him, “In the Northern Part of the country University of Jos students pays the highest development levy, including acceptance fees.
“There is absolutely no plans by the University of Jos to review any school fees, if you hear any rumours around then it is an evil rumour, we have not contemplated at anytime to review the school fees upward. Up till the last hours of Sunday we were with students. I told them there is no such plans and we agree to start our exams today, but I’m surprise with this development”
The VC said, “The Issue the students raise on the development levy being charge by the institution is something I inherited three years ago when I became the VC, nothing has been added new on the development fund which they also called levy has been added since I came as the Vice Chancellor”.
He said the position of the University is that there is never a time they had close their doors to dialogue with the students.
“A Seven-Man Committee has also been constituted to look into the students complaints with a view to making recommendations to management for consideration.
“Students are hereby advised to remain calm and continue with their revision exercise. Management solicits the cooperation and support of all stakeholders in order to resolve all the contending issues”