VC, Prof Isah refutes fee hike in Kogi State University

The Vice-Chancellor of the Kogi State University, Professor Hassan Isah, said on Saturday in Anyigba that the institution had not increased tuition fees.

Mr. Isah, who spoke to reporters during a facility tour of the university, dispelled rumours of 150 per cent increase in tuition fees.

He, however, explained that the State Government had inaugurated a visitation panel to evaluate fees being charged in the school and make recommendation on appropriate fees.

The university boss said that a government white paper was issued in March, which suggested that tuition fees should be increased in the institution.

“The white paper is a proposal. As we speak, it has not been implemented. His Excellency is in dialogue with relevant stakeholders on the matter,” he said.

The white paper suggested tuition fees of N100, 000 for students in the state’s university and N50, 000 for students of the state’s colleges of education and polytechnic.

On the recently established faculty of medicine, the vice-chancellor said the programme had taken off with 32 students. He said that the establishment of the medical school was desirable as doctor-patients ratio in the state was not good enough.

Mr. Isah commended Gov. Idris Wada for his favourable disposition to the university and education in general, adding that the institution with six faculties had graduated 1,962 students since inception in 1999.

He said that the current students’ population of the institution stood at 19,984, adding that the population was expected to rise to about 23,000 after the 2013/2014 admission exercise.

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