By Laleye Dipo
The Minority Leader of the Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmed Bello Agwara, yesterday led students of the Niger State Government owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, to protest the hike in the tuition fees announced by the management of the institution before commencement of the new academic year.
Bello said he joined the protest because he is a post graduate student who is affected by the school fees increment and therefore “I am a comrade.”
The protest, which was the second within one month, saw the students marching to the state’s House of Assembly and using their union vehicles to block the main entrance to the complex thereby preventing in and outflow of vehicles belonging to the legislators, assembly staff and visitors.
The lawmaker presented their demand to the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Jibrin Ndagi, who received the protesting students on behalf of the Speaker Abdullahi Bawa Wuse.
He urged the assembly to intervene in the matter by summoning the school management, the Student Union Government and the state government to a round table for an amicable resolution of the impasse arguing that as the representative of the people, the assembly is in a better position to take a decisive action on the lingering school fees hike crisis threatening the peaceful academic environment of the IBBU.
Also speaking, the Representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Mr. Ishaq Madaki and Mr.Abdulsalam Abdulganiu, urged the assembly to prevail on the state government to order the university management to further reduce the fees if they could not return them back to the old rate.