On Thursday, the Senate asked the board of Maiduguri University (UNIMAID) to stand up against the recent increase in the school fees for students.
In an effort to find a lasting solution, the Higher Chamber has also mandated its Tertiary Education and TETFUND Committee.
The Decision of the Senate to wade into the rise by the body in payment was made by a motion debated during plenary according to a statement signed by the Senate President’s Media Special Assistant Ezrel Tabiowo.
Senator Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno North), a sponsor of the motion, complained about the recent decision of the management of UNIMAID to raise school registration and other fees by more than 400% from N25,000 to N129.000.
Almost Half of North-East Nigeria’s men have not received any education at all, and this figure has risen to over 61% for women.
Schools in the Northeast must continue to have a strategic interest in the country, with overwhelming importance for national security, “said Kyari.
He also added that education remains a powerful and repulsive instrument in defeating Boko Haram and in reducing underdevelopment and poverty in the northeast.
The legislator says 62% of children in Nigeria living in Northern Nigeria who are not in education.
Senator Kyari also revealed that because of the Boko Haram crisis, Borno State has the highest number of people who have no access to education.
Therefore, the legislator called on all stakeholders to take the opportunity to ensure that the fee increase is reversed due to the increased need to propagate empowerment at the tertiary level through education.
The upper chamber, therefore, mandated its Tertiary Education Committee and TETFUND, in order to achieve a consensus on the harmonized fee for all universities in all countries, to also participate in Ministry for Education and stakeholders, such as the University’s Academic Staff Union (ASUU).