The President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan, says the senate will intervene to avert a possible crisis on allegations of a hike in registration fees by some tertiary institutions particularly in the northern part of the country.
He made this known on Wednesday, February 2, while receiving in the audience at the National Assembly, a delegation of the Coalition of Northern Groups Students Wing(CNG-SW) led by its National Coordinator, Mr Jamiu Charanchi.
The senate president underscored the importance of education to any society and promised that the senate would swing into action by engaging relevant authorities with a view to preventing anything that could cause disruption in their learning process.
“Education is the bedrock for any nation, society, or community to develop.
“And any society that does not prioritise education will suffer stunted development and the repercussions of not educating citizens are better imagined.
“I believe at this moment, that hike in fees is very unnecessary; but I also believe that government must prioritise education; and what that means is not only to establish the institutions but to support our students all the way.
“As a senate and indeed as members of the national assembly representing you; we are going to take this matter very seriously. We are going to look into it very seriously and closely and expeditiously; and we want to find a solution to it.
“This is an opportunity for me to appeal to our state governments across the country; to continue to support education of our citizens seriously; by providing them necessary scholarship and giving them in time when they will be very helpful.
“Here at the Federal level, the senate will work hard; to ensure that we do something that will change the narrative.”
Earlier, the leader of the group, Charanchi said their mission was to register their concerns; over reports of an impending plan by both the Federal and state governments to commercialise education.
He alleged that some institutions particularly in the northern part of the country; were reported to have doubled their registration fees.
“It is in line with the above that we at the CNG’s students’s wing request; the quick intervention of your esteemed office.
“We appeal to you on behalf of the millions of Nigerian students; and their families to see to the reversal of the hike; which will enable students from poor and marginalised families have access to tertiary education,”he said.