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Kaduna varsity students protest hike in fees

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Students of the Kaduna State University (KASU) on Wednesday in Kaduna protested the hike in school fees by the authorities and called on the state government to intervene.

The students informed the state government that the hike in some courses to N300,000 and N400,000 from N36,000 would force many students out of school.

Mr Abubakar Buhari, President, National Association of Science Students, who spoke on behalf of the protesting students, said that the old fee was between N24,000 and N26,000 for indigenes, depending on the course of study.

Buhari said that that non-indigenes pay between N31,000 and 36,000, also depending on the course of study.

He said the students were shocked when the student’s portal showed that for new students, indigenes would now pay N150, 000 for art and humanities and N171, 000 for sciences while non-indigenes will pay N221,000.

According to him, for social sciences, indigenes will pay N170, 000; non-indigenes will pay N200, 000 while indigenes admitted to study medicine will pay N300,000 and N400,000 for non-indigenes.

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“We are protesting to draw the attention of the state government to revert to the old rates or reduce the fees so that parents and caregiver will be able to pay.

“This is because most of our students find it difficult to pay the old rate and with this increase, only the children of the rich can afford university education in the state institution,’’ he said.

The student’s leaders stressed that if the new fee remained, 75 per cent of students would drop out of school.

Mr Yusuf Rahama, President of Nigerian Association of Microbiology Students, said that education was capable of keeping students away from the streets and from being criminals.

Rahama urged the state government to intervene because they do not want to be liability to the society.

Blessing Audu, a 300-level student of Chemistry Department, said that her parents could not afford the over N100,000 fees and also pay N80,000 for hostel accommodation.

Audu expressed uncertainty about her future if the government insisted on implementing the new fees.

She appealed to the state government to revert to the old fees for the sake of the children of the poor.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, had in April hinted the increase in tuition fees in all the state-owned tertiary institutions.

Makarfi explained that the decision was to reposition the schools to deliver quality education to meet 21st century challenges.

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Ooni of Ife’s wife attends naming ceremony of incarcerated Endsars protester’s child (photos)

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Ooni of Ife's wife attends naming ceremony of Kemisola Ogunniyi,

The naming ceremony of the son of Kemisola Ogunniyi, the #EndSARS protester who was two months pregnant at the time she was arrested by soldiers in Akure, Ondo State capital alongside three others, held today June 23. He was named Okikoiola Freedom Erinponmile.

In attendance was the wife of the Ooni of Ife, Prophetess Naomi Ogunwusi.

Kemisola was arrested after the violence that erupted in the wake of the October 2020 #EndSARS protests. She was accused of being one of those that set the state secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) ablaze.

On June 16, she welcomed her baby boy while in prison.

See more photos from the naming ceremony below…

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Delta PDP suspends Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

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The Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District in the National Assembly Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

The suspension endorsed by the PDP State Working Committee (SWC) subsists for a period of one month.

According to the State PDP leadership, “The action became necessary against the backdrop of the recent romance with the opposition party, verbal recklessness, and unprovoked utterances of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, particularly against the person of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, which the PDP State Working Committee views strongly as totally unacceptable, disturbing and unbecoming of a politician and party member of his stature.”

“The PDP State Working Committee is in no doubt that the rash, unguarded, confused and heavily noxious, and vitriolic attacks by Senator Nwaoboshi, a serving Senator and a very recent Chairman of our great Party, are potentially inimical to the peace and harmony of the Party and tantamount to causing discord and disaffection among loyal Party members.

“The suspension, therefore, though obligatory, has sadly become imperative and inevitable, especially given the dramatic spontaneity and overzealousness of his verbal attacks, which are totally out of character and the have suspiciously been induced by circumstances which defy immediate rational analysis and comprehension”, the statement signed by the Delta PDP Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza noted.

The matter, he said, has been referred to the State Disciplinary Committee, in order to afford Senator Nwaoboshi a fair hearing and the opportunity to appear before it and defend himself.

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Oshodi council boss, MC Oluomo finally reconcile (PHOTO)

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MC Oluomo reconciles with Oshodi council boss

 The executive chairman of Oshodi /Isolo local government area, Bolaji Ariyoh and the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya also known as MC Oluomo have finally reconciled and agreed to work together for the good of the local government.

Ariyoh and MC Oluomo had been at each other’s throats for nearly six years now over issues relating to the control of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the local government.

The reconciliation took place on Tuesday at a meeting convened by Ariyoh in his office.

The foes-turned friends agreed to put their disagreement behind and forge ahead for the common good of the LGA.

Sources at the meeting noted that the two gladiators resolved to put the past behind them and work together as brothers especially during the forthcoming local government elections in the state.

Reacting, Ariyoh explained that both him and the NURTW boss have actually agreed to sheathe their swords and work together for the overall development of the local government.

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