The Oasis Reporters
November 6, 2018
One of the most peaceful universities in the Nigeria, likely to be unaffected by any labour union induced strike action, the
University of Ilorin, in Kwara State, central Nigeria has increased its tuition fee by over 100 per cent.
“What we have woken up to is rather unexpected, shocking and challenging. This cannot stand. I have called emergency meeting with all SU executives and all Faculty presidents and we shall release a comprehensive report after,” students union president, Seyi Animasaun, is quoted as saying to an online medium, Premium Times.
Animasaun explained that the amount “varies across different faculties”.
Another student, Munir Ambali, said over 100 percent increment “depends on the amount each faculty has been paying before now”.
The tuition for the department of Mass Communication for instance was increased from N10,700 to N23,300.
Comprehensive list of the new fees was not obtained at the time of filing this report.
The increment will take effect from the 2018/2019 academic session.
Confirming the increment, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, said that the increment is ‘marginal’.
Akogun whose response was contradictory said, “It is not an increment. Do you have the fees of other Federal Universities? Even with the increment, we are far ‘better’ than other universities.
“The increment is just marginal with the current economic reality, we are still below other universities,” he said.
University of Ilorin is one Federal university with a stable calendar.
Similar increments have been implemented at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso,
where fees have been initially raised to 250,000 naira, but now adjusted to 170,000 naira for non Indigenes of Oyo and Osun states while indigenous students would pay 140,000 naira.
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba and the University of Ibadan have seen increases as well.