ABU charges students a paltry fee of N90 as annual accommodation fee – Director –

Malam Auwalu Umar, director of the public affairs department of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, explains that the institution has withheld the official cost N90 (Ninety Naira) of the hostel’s bed space, fixed 40 years ago. years, to make things easier for students.

Speaking to a News Agency of Nigeria correspondent, Umar said that despite the ridiculously low amount charged, the institution was able to provide accommodation for 35% of its more than 55,000 undergraduate students and postgraduate.

He said that as part of efforts to complement the institution’s efforts, a private company, BUA Group, and the Higher Education Trust Fund (TETFund), had helped build additional hostels at the university.

Corroborating the principal’s statement, Abubakar-Sadeeq Ali, Chairman of the Student Representative Council (SRC), said that N90 was the fee charged for bed space, but there was another N7,000, amount charged for “the upkeep of the inn”.

However, an undergraduate student who spoke on condition of anonymity said most rooms were still crowded.

The student, who resides in Suleiman Hall on the main campus, said a four-student room accommodates up to eight people.

“A room for two students accommodates about five people, while a room for eight students accommodates between 12 and 13 people,” she added.

According to her, some students sublet their beds, charging between N15,000 and N35,000, depending on the room and hall.

Meanwhile, the private sector is lending a hand in building hostels to complement the effort of the institution’s management.

Malam Mohammed Danfulani, director of hostels owned by a non-governmental organization, “Near Foundation”, told NAN that apart from accommodation, the Foundation also fed students during university sessions.

According to him, the Foundation operates separate hostels for female and male students at the main campus of ABU, Samaru, Zaria.

The director explained that during weekdays, the Foundation provides breakfast and dinner for students, with lunch being added to the menu on weekends.

Malam Abba Mamman, the hostel’s guidance and counseling manager, told NAN that the extra services were provided to lessen their difficulties.

Third-party business administration student Caleb Akaa said he stayed at the hostel for three different sessions.

“In the morning we were served tea with eggs or fries, while dinner is rice with salad, and sometimes other different foods and a cup of drink,” he said. .

Linda G. Ibarra