Students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN), have urged the nation’s Education Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu to intervene over the decision of the University authority to force them into purchasing laptops.
The University administration had recently introduced a policy to force all students in the institution to buy a laptop at cost of N75, 000, a development described as arbitrary and outrageous by students.
The Compulsory N75, 000 laptop was being made compulsory for all student of UNN without considering the economic implication to the parents and students.
The Students Union Government was yet to react officially to the decision of the University authority, but students who responded to questions said the Vice Chancellor and his management were insensitive to the hardship faced by students.
A student who gave her name, simply as Nwamaka described the VC’s decision as inhuman, outrageous and wondered why people in authority always failed to consider the plight of the poor when arriving at a critical decision.
Nwamaka alleged that students were made to cough out as much as N200, 000 per session, saying with this prostitution, robbery and other vices cannot be curbed in the society.
“Students who are desperate to become University graduates can do anything to carry on,” she said.
Another student who expressed disgust at the turn of events said the action amounts to madness for anyone to conceive the idea of compulsory N75, 000 for laptop.
“For instance who will give me this kind of money now,” he asked.
He continued: “I don’t have parents and the two men in my village who volunteered to pay my school fees, I’m sure they will not be willing to listen to any laptop story.
“So for me, this is outright madness on the person who conceived this idea of laptop,” he cried .
Some of the students also claimed that some top officials of the university were only trying to make money from the project, insisting that laptop should be a matter of choice. They said they want the Minister for Education to intervene and stop the contract because; they are turning this University to a market place.
“If the Vice Chancellor is interested in doing laptop business, he should find a market for it, not placing such burden on poor students” he said.
They asked the government to recognise that most of their parents and guardians live on N18, 000 minimum wage and wondered how they will raise such money to pay for laptop and school fees.
– Amah Baldwin, Enugu