Many students use phones worth N1.2m but complain of 190k school fees – Reno Omokri
Social media influencer Reno Omokri has observed that Nigerians are conditioned to “freebies and cheap things” averring that explains the outcry that greeted the recent increment in the tuition by the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Recall that last week the institution announced it was hiking the school fees payable by its students from N19, 000 to N190, 250, a development that provoked widespread outrage with many condemning the Tinubu-led administration as insensitive.
Reacting however Omokri in a twitter post had said the increment was not outrageous noting tuition in neighbouring countries is much higher.
“Nigerians are complaining about the increase in Unilag’s tuition fees from ₦19,000 to ₦190,250. Many of those people complaining use phones that cost more than ₦190,250. How much is an iPhone 14? About ₦1.2 million. How much is a Samsung Galaxy? About ₦300,000. How can an iPhone and a Samsung cost more than your tuition, and you are complaining? Where will the money to pay lecturers come from? In that same Unilag, many students drive more luxurious cars and use better phones than their lecturers. Am I lying?
“In Nigeria, we are just too used to freebies and cheap things from our government. We have one of the lowest tuition fees on planet Earth, if not the lowest, yet, our doctors and nurses are some of the most sought after on Earth.
“We can celebrate our birthdays with ₦250,000. We can flex at Obi Cubana’s club with ₦500,000 (you want to pretend that you don’t see the receipts flaunted on social media?) Yet, ₦190,250 tuition for one of the best public universities in Nigeria means ‘Nigeria is finished!’
“At least there is a student loan provision being made for those who can’t afford the tuition.
“If you think university tuition is too costly in Nigeria, simply go to neighbouring Benin Republic, or Ghana. Nobody will tell you before you run back to Nigeria!”
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