Students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) on wenesday come out en mass to protest a sudden and significant hike in their fees.

Some of the protesting students said they were infuriated by a decision by NOUN’s administration to jerk up tuition fees from N58, 000 to N115, 000.

The students demonstrated at NOUN’s study center in Benin City, capital of Edo State. They carried placards and sang protest songs demanding an immediate reversal to the old fees.

Several students who spoke to a correspondent of grapevine contended that there was no justification for the increased fees. They vowed to oppose it until the school administration returned to the former fees.

Two of the students disclosed grapevine that their colleagues at the Lagos campus were organizing to commence demonstrations as well, adding that protests would continue at the Benin center.

Outrageous increases in students’ fees without prior warning have triggered student protests and resistance in different parts of Nigeria.

Students at Lagos State University (LASU) protest increased fees at their institution. The state government hiked fees from N25, 000 to between N250, 000 and N350, 000. In reaction to the protests, the Lagos State government recently announced token percentage reductions, but the students have rejected the gesture, saying they were determined to continue with their protests.

Also, students at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife have continued to resist a vacation order from the campus after they protested against a sudden increase in fees. Describing the increase as “outrageous and irrational,” the students voiced their resolve to continue their protests despite verbal threats by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bamitale Omole. Mr. Omole has threatened to proscribe the students’ union and is accused of working to victimize its leaders.

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