A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Lawal Adamu Usman, has berated the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai over a hike in tuition fees in the state’s tertiary institutions, saying the new development made by the governor was a wicked attempt aimed at depriving citizens of education as most students who cannot afford the fees will drop out.
Adamu, who was a senatorial candidate for Kaduna Central in 2019, said this in Abuja where he urged the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) not to give up its agitation against the mass sacking of civil servants by El-Rufai.
He said, “I am making this statement with a rather heavy heart. Bearing in mind the way and manner the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led the government of Kaduna State to fulfil the promises made during the 2015 and 2019 elections, regrettably the current Kaduna State government embarked on anti-people policies and programs that have dire and painful consequences on the populace.
“The policies of the El-Rufai-led government did nothing to ameliorate the pressing economic problems of impoverished masses, the administration further placed a large segment of the society into scorching anguish of poverty.
“Sadly, and for the fact that the reasons adduced and cited by the government smacks wickedness, lack of compassion and failure to understand and share in the plight of the poor and common citizens of Kaduna State under the present harsh economic conditions.
“The statement made by the Secretary to the state government Mallam Balarabe Abbass Lawal said, “even primary and secondary schools in the state charge as high as 500,000.00 for tuition” he felt it was okay for the state government to impose an increase in tuition fees in Kaduna State’s higher institutions to more than 300 per cent.
“We must remember the reason why states are created in the first place; it is done to take care of the welfare of the people and provide a conducive environment to enable them to realise their potential. Paramount among these basic welfare needs is education.
“Should we survive to see the 2023 election, we must ensure we elect people with genuine policies which will not only ensure a stable economy, but people who will also ensure that security of jobs, lives and properties are guaranteed from ward level to the federal.”
In April, the Kaduna state government through its state commissioner for education announced an increase of tuition fees in all its tertiary institutions to enable them to deliver quality skills and training required to tackle 21st-century challenges.