House of Reps Back Senate on University of Maiduguri’s 400% Increase in Fees Reversal

BY OBUTE JAMES

The House of Representatives on Thursday took the same position of the Senate ordering the University of Maiduguri to suspend the plan to raise the fees by 400 per cent.

The order was issued following the unanimous adoption of a motion moved by the Chief Whip, Mohammed Monguno, titled ‘Call to Put on Hold the Increase in Fees of University of Maiduguri.’

Adopting the motion, the lawmakers mandated the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to engage the management of the University of Maiduguri “to stay action on the increment and to carry out an investigation on the matter in a bid to provide a lasting solution, and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.”

The Senate had last week asked authorities of the University of Maiduguri to stay action on the fees increment.

The red chamber had also asked its Committee on Tertiary Education to liaise with the National Universities Commission, with a view to working out an arrangement to streamline fees in all tertiary institutions.

This followed a motion by Senator Abubakar Kyari, Chairman Senate Committee on FCT that the increase in the school fees will worsen the security situation in the region.

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