The presidency has denied that tuition fees were introduced in federal government-owned universities by the ptesent administration.
Recall that the University of Lagos, according to one of its unions, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), announced through the Vice Chancellor plans to increase fees. According to SSANU, she hinted that the increase in fees was across board in federal universities.
But in a statement, presidential spokesman, Mr. Dele Alake, the presidency noted that the increases were hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory and other charges. They are not tuition fees.
The full statement by Alake reads: “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.”