By Alex Okoro

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged its Committees on Education (Basic and Tertiary) to intervene over the compulsory N75, 000 laptop fee foisted on students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) by the school authority.

The move followed a motion by Mr. Bashir Babale (APC, Kano) taken today under matters of urgent public importance.

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On the motion, Babale decried the university’s policy on compulsory payment of N75, 000 as laptop fees for newly admitted students.

The UNN administration recently introduced a mandatory policy of asking all students to own a laptop.

“This policy is arbitrary, inhuman and so sad that they are making access to education difficult for the people,” he said, adding:

“Nigerians are anxious to study in order to contribute to the growth of the nation but this policy makes it difficult.”

The lawmaker, who pointed out that education remained a vehicle to national development, stated the need to correct imbalance in the sector.

According to him, many citizens are living below the poverty line and are finding it difficult to pay the compulsory and outrageous laptop fees.

Babale added that the call to bar the compulsory laptop levy became necessary in order not to deprive Nigerians from having 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 queried.

Babale also urged the House to urge Enugu state assembly to interface with the executive arm of government to ensure improved funding of education.

According to him, “when we open the doors to schools, we shut the door of prisons’’.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, referred the matter to the House Committee on Education.



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