The University of Ibadan has increased the hostel accommodation fee from N14,000 that it was to N30,000 for the main campus, and N40,000 for students that are in College of Medicine. This will be taking effect from the 2017/2018 session.
Prof Idowu Olayinka, The Vice-Chancellor, has explained that the increase in the accommodation fee was because the institution was spending about N100 million currently every year over what has been collected in running the hostels. This came as the University of Ibadan sent out the students of the College of Medicine yesterday from their halls of residence because they protested against the geometrical increase in professional training and hostel accommodation fees.
Prof. Idowu Olayinka said that while the students were paying N14,000 per bed-space at the moment, the partial economic rate per bed-space as at 2012 survey was conducted by the institution and was put at N59,650 per session.
Arranging a meeting for tomorrow to meet with the students’ parents, guardians and students to address the new development, the UI Senate disclosed yesterday that they have also approved the increased in chargeable fees for laboratory and studio (Arts (N5,000) maintenance fees; fees for professional health training (non-clinical (N75,000) and clinical N100,000); Pharmacy practice experience levy (N5,000), and Science laboratory levy (N7,500).
Faculties of Agriculture (N5,000 to N7,500), and Renewable Natural Resources upward review of the Practical Year levy (N15,000 to N17,500) for those in practical year while other students are to pay the old levy; items upward review of access fee for undergraduates (from N2,000 to N2,500) for improve internet access on campus.
In amending the fees, the School VC has enjoined the public to take note that it is only the increase in accommodation fees that is going to cut across students who wish to stay in the halls of residence. He said:
“Residency in the halls of residence is optional, and only about 30 per cent of our students can find accommodation in the halls of residence.
It is also important to note that the Federal Government, many years back, had stopped providing funds for the running of the halls. As a result, the university spends about N100 million over what is collected as accommodation fees, for the running of the halls.”