Indications emerged on Saturday that the management of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has effected an increment in the varsity’s tuition fee by over 100 per cent.
The increment was confirmed by the students union president, Seyi Animasaun in a telephone interview on Saturday.
“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,” he said.
When asked of the amount added to the tuition, he told our correspondent it “varies across different faculties”.
However another student said over 100 per cent increment “depends on the amount each faculty has been paying before now”.
According to a screenshot from one of the students, the tuition for the department of Mass Communication for instance was increased from N10,700 to N23,300.
The increment will take effect from 2018/2019 academic session.
Confirming the increment, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, said the increment is ‘marginal’.
“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 economy reality and we are still below other universities,” he said.