Authorities of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola have raised a sum of N16m to help out indigent students of the University through the Student Support scheme launched by the Institution over the weekend, Punch Newspapers reported.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, HRH, Dr. Barkindo Mustapha, Lamido of Adamawa and the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, donated the sums of N2.5m, N5m and N6m respectively as reported by Punch.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, Vice Chancellor of the Institution solicited for more support for the scheme adding that the fund realized at the occasion is not enough to sustain the scheme.
“Public University education is tuition free in Nigeria, yet we charge about thirty-seven thousand naira per annum for other charges which we use to provide electricity, water sanitation and other services, since Government allocation to Universities has been declining.
“Sadly, there are students who drop out due to their inability to pay this equivalent of USD100, an amount we spend without equivocation during business lunch or social dinner at Bukka or Zuma Grill at the Abuja Hilton.
“There are some students who struggle to pay N37,000 but cannot feed themselves. There are some who work as laborers at construction sites on this campus or do farm work to keep body and soul together,” the VC explained.
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