The Kaduna State University (KASU) has allegedly increased tution fee for its medical students from N24,000 to N300,000.
It is also said to have asked non-indigenes to begin to pay N500,000 for the same discipline.
This is according to Abdulrazak Shuaibu, a medical student, who spoke on behalf of the students.
He added that the tuition fee was increased from N26,000 to N150,000 for students in Faculty of Arts, Management and Social Sciences.
Although the management of the institution has not declared by how much, it has confirmed the upward review of its tuition fees, saying that consultations were ongoing with stakeholders.
The management made the confirmation in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna on Friday by the university’s Public Relation Officer (PRO), Mr Adamu Bargo.
Bargo explained that the upward review was due to the present reality and efforts to improve the standard of learning.
He added that the decision was also to enhance development in the university.
The PRO said that available record showed that N400 million was being spent monthly and N4.8 billion annually by the Kaduna State Government on payment of the university’s staff salaries.
He said that N25 million was also being spent as overhead monthly, while the university generates only N765.9 million as internally generated revenue annually.
“In the year 2020, there was the allocation of N10 billion to the university meant for the execution of capital projects, but N5 billion was spent on overhead and personnel cost.
“The upward review of the tuition fees is a difficult decision based on the reality of the present time.
“However, the university hopes to improve the quality of teaching and research activities as well as create more conducive atmosphere of learning for staff and students,” he said.
NAN reports that the students have rejected the increase.
Shuaibu, former President of Kaduna State Students Union, added that students in the Faculty of Medicine from the state would now pay N300,000 as against N24,000 while non-indigenes will pay N500,000.