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Reps Move To Stop Unn’s N75,000 Laptop Fee

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The House of Representatives has asked its Committees on
Education (Basic and Tertiary) to intervene in the compulsory
N75, 000 laptop fee charged students of the University of
Nigeria, Nsukka.
The house unanimously took the decision following a motion
under matters of urgent public importance sponsored by Rep.
Bashir Babale (APC-Kano).
Moving the motion, Babale decried the university’s policy on
compulsory payment of N75, 000 as laptop fee for the newly
admitted students.
The university administration recently introduced a policy,
which requires every student to own a laptop.
“This policy is arbitrary, inhuman and so sad that they are
making access to education difficult for the people.
“Nigerians are anxious to study in order to contribute to the
growth of the nation but this policy makes it difficult,’’ Babale
said.
The legislator, who pointed out that education remained a
vehicle for national development, stressed the need to correct
imbalance in education.
According to him, many citizens are living below the poverty
line and students will find it difficult to pay the compulsory
laptop fee.
Babale added that the call to stop the fee became necessary in
order not to deprive Nigerians access to quality education.
“In a situation where young people are complaining of
educational imbalance, how can an institution come up with
this kind of policy?’’ he asked.
Babale further decried the situation where some tertiary
institutions in the country solely depended on students to fund
their activities.
“Students are paying fees to construct roads and culverts in
the universities.
“When we open the doors to schools, we shut the door of
prisons,’’ he said.
The Speaker of the assembly, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, referred
the matter to the House Committee on Education for further
legislative action.

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