Kaduna state university and fee hike

The Kaduna State University was established under the Kaduna State law promulgated in May 2004. The promulgation followed the need of boosting higher education in the northern and the southern parts of the state. Consequently, two campuses were approved; one in Kaduna and the other in Kafanchan.

The Kaduna campus took off first, running basic degree programmes. Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi , the then executive governor of Kaduna State and Visitor to the university, appointed Professor Idris Abdulkadir to be the pro-chancellor and chairman of the Governing Council while Professor Abubakar Sani Sambo was appointed the first vice-chancellor. Professor Aminu S. Mikailu , took over from Professor Sambo as second vice-chancellor when the latter was appointed by the Federal Government to head the Nigerian Energy’s Commission. Professor E.M. Abdurrahman was the third VC, Professor W.B Quirix was appointed as the fourth VC before Professor Muhammad Tanko who took over from January, 2017. The current Pro-chancellor is Professor S. U. Abdullahi.

I decided to visit the kaduna state University to see what is actually special about the school that justifies the massive fees increment from a region of about #24,000 to between #150,000 to #500,000.

The university just concluded its 2019/2020 academic session, becoming the only state University in Nigeria to do so. This is because the university doesn’t join in the incessant ASUU strike, and also, online lectures were done throughout the Covid19 lockdown.

The environment is a beauty to behold, as it is located in the heart of kaduna city. For a state university founded in 2004, I was a bit impressed at the structures put in place but by virtue of what I saw, I still don’t see any justification for the outrageous tuition fees reviews. Though, the university management has made effort to explain to the public reasons for the increase, it still doesn’t make any sense.

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Recently, the state government embarked on a mass sack of workers (over 4000) from the state civil service. These sacked workers have children who are students of this institution as majority of the students are from Kaduna State. With the sack and now this fees hike, how do these parents and students manage?

Certain questions beg for answers:

What’s the volume of research being done here and what influence does it have on the state particularly and the nation as a whole?

What about knowledge transfer? Can the institution conveniently boast of this?

Does it meet all the standard criteria for university ranking?

The state government and the management of the university should still look into this issue and come up with a better resolution that has human face, considering the times we’re in now.

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