Students at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) in Cross River state took to the institution’s campus to protest after its management announced a fee hike.


The university, on Monday, raised its fees by over 100 percent.

Shortly after the announcement, students took to the streets of the campus at midday, raising placards in protest.

UNICAL said the upward review of its fees is to take effect from the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 academic sessions.


It said fresh students, returning students, and final-year students for the non-science courses are expected to pay N111,000, N91,500 and N114,000 respectively.

In addition, they are also to pay N36,500, N21,500 and N21,500 respectively as third-party dues.

Similarly, fees for science courses have been increased to N155,000, N125,000, and N148,000 respectively for freshers, returning students, and final-year students.


Freshers, returning students, and final-year students offering science courses are also to pay N38,500, N21,500 and N21,500 respectively as third-party dues.

Sources at the institution said the fees for an average student, depending on the department, were pegged at N64,050 for freshers, N52,050 for the final year, and N49,500 for returning students before the hike.

The management said the increment was necessitated by the current economic realities and the need to maintain an academic standard the university was known for.

With its latest move, UNICAL would only be joining a growing list of public universities that have increased their fees since the dawn of the Bola Tinubu administration.


This includes the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the University of Jos (UNIJOS), and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

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