The Kano State University of Science and Technology chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has rejected plans by the institution to increase registration fees for undergraduate students.

In a statement signed by Abdulkadir Muhammad and Kashmir Ibn Yakubu, branch chairman and secretary, ASUU said the increase was unacceptable.

According to the statement which was issued on Friday, the institution intends to increase the fees for indigenes from N22,000 to N50,800, and from N45,500 to N86,000 for non-indigenes.

“The emergency congress of our union held on Thursday, March 9, rejected the planned hike in fees based on a number of reasons: the proposed hike is ill-timed in view of the current economic recession the country is facing,” the statement said.

“It also negates one of the cardinal objectives of establishing the university, which is to avail indigent students access to education.

“It is also in contravention of the Lima Declaration which states that every person has the right to education, and states should make available an adequate proportion of its national income to ensure practice and the full realisation of the right to education.”

ASUU said it is the duty of the Kano state government to fully fund the university and accused the university management of not following due procedures as relating to fees increment.

The union urged the state government, civil societies, parents and the public to intervene and avert breakdown of industrial peace.



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