UniJos students protest hike in development fee

Unijos school gate used to illustrate the story.
Unijos school gate used to illustrate the story.

Students of the University of Jos, UniJos, Monday, barricaded all roads leading to the institution and held the management staff hostage, safe for the Vice Chancellor, Hayward Mafuyai, in protest of a raise in development levy.

The students have rejected a demand by the school that they pay N10, 000 as development fee.

Angry students barricaded the Bauchi road campus, the main campus of the institution, where the management of the university has offices, insisting that no student would pay the 10,000 Naira new levy.

They besieged the authority’s staff offices and demanded explanations from the school authority.

The Vice Chancellor, Mr. Mafuyai, was not in school at the time of the protest.

The President of the UniJos Student Union Government, SUG, Abel Noel, while addressing journalists, said no student will pay the development levy.

He, however, pleaded with the students not to destroy facilities of the institution.

Some students had threatened mob action against the school’s management for initiating the N10, 000 levy.

The students said they are used to shabby hostels; therefore, they should be left as they are. They alleged that several increments on the school’s development levy had not brought any changes.

The protest by the students disrupted academic, economic and social activities, at the University and host communities.

Motorists travelling to Bauchi, Gombe and Maiduguri through Jos, were chased by the protesting students.

Till the time of filling in this report, the students were preventing staff from exiting or entering the university.

Responding, the University’s Registrar – Jully Dandam – said the increment was to better the living condition of the students.

Also the spokesperson of the University, Abdulahi Abdulahi, told PREMIUM TIMES that management was meeting over the issue and would address the press.

In 2012, the University of Jos authority increased accommodation fee prompting a mass protest till the students were chased out of the school.

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