Federal Universities Responsible For Increasing Charges For Students, Not Tinubu Government, Says Presidency | #NwokeukwuMascot
According to the President, what Nigerians have regarded as tuition fees are discretionary charges by each university for hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory and other charges.
Last Friday, SaharaReporters reported that amid rising inflation and hikes in petrol prices following the removal of fuel subsidy, the University of Lagos increased school fees.
The school increased its fees from about N20,000 to over N100,000 depending on the course of study.
The new fees to be paid by students range from N100,750 to N190,250 depending on whether the course of study requires laboratory or studio work or if the student is in the college of medicine.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola held a meeting with the representatives of non-teaching staff unions on July 20, 2023, at the Senate Committee Chamber of the school.
During the meeting, Ogunsola disclosed the proposed fees for undergraduate students of the school.
But in a statement issued by Dele Alake,
Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications & Strategy, on Wednesday, Tinubu's government has not increased tuition in federal universities.
The statement read, "It was widely reported earlier this week across some news media outlets that the Federal Government had increased tuition fees in federal universities in the country.
"These reports are inaccurate and not correct.
"We are aware that some universities have in recent weeks announced increase in the amount payable by students on sundry charges.
"However, the fact remains and we have confirmed that these are discretionary charges by each university for hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory and other charges. They are not tuition fees.
"Authorities of these universities even made this fact clear enough in explaining the rationale behind these new fees.
"For avoidance of doubts, federal universities in Nigeria remain tuition-free.
"President Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains committed to his promise of ensuring that every Nigerian, regardless of the economic situation of their parents, have access to quality tertiary education.
"In addition to the Students' Loans Scheme, under the Student Loans Bill signed into law by President Tinubu last month, which will go into implementation ahead of the next academic session in September, the Federal Government will also strengthen other mechanisms to support indigent students.
"Parts of the government's plans to make sure all diligent students complete their education on time, notwithstanding their parents' financial situation, include work-study, merit-based scholarships and grants."