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Reps stops Law School Fee Hike citing inflationary economy

Council of Legal Education Urged to Reconsider Fee Increase as Inflation Rates Soar, Student Access Threatened

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In a parliamentary session on Wednesday, the House of Representatives issued a call to the Council of Legal Education to immediately cease the recent escalation of Nigerian Law School fees.

The decision emerged following a motion presented by Obinna Chinda, representing his colleague Kingsley Chinda, who was unable to attend the session.

Additionally, the House directed its Committees on Tertiary Education and Services to expedite efforts in finding resolutions to the escalating fee issue, emphasizing the urgency of the matter with a two-week reporting deadline for further legislative deliberation.

Addressing the assembly on the motion titled “Need to Check the 60 Percent Increase in the Nigerian Law School Fees,” Obinna Chinda underscored Nigeria’s current economic landscape, citing a staggering 27.33 percent inflation rate reported by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. Projections suggest that this figure may soar to 30 percent by December 2024, exacerbating financial strains on citizens.

Chinda highlighted the recent approval by the Council of Legal Education for a substantial 60 percent fee hike at Nigerian law schools, elevating fees from N296,000.00 to N476,000 for the 2023/2024 Bar Part II academic session.

He warned fellow legislators that failure to intervene promptly could have detrimental effects on aspiring legal practitioners’ access to education at the Nigerian Law School.

The parliamentary resolution signals a broader concern within Nigeria’s legislative framework regarding access to quality education amidst economic uncertainties and escalating living costs. As inflation rates soar, lawmakers grapple with the imperative to safeguard educational opportunities for aspiring legal professionals, underscoring the delicate balance between fiscal prudence and educational equity in Nigeria’s evolving socio-economic landscape.

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