Posted by Grand News | 3 October 2018 | 1,292 times
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has alleged that the Federal Government is planning to force students in public universities to pay N350,000 tuition fees per session.
The body made the allegation Tuesday in Oyo state.
The union’s Ibadan Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Ade Adejumo, stated this when he addressed reporters at the Oyo State Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ibadan, the state capital.
Adejumo was accompanied by the union’s chairmen at the University of Ibadan (UI), Dr. Deji Omole; Osun State University, Dr. Femi Abanikanda and Investment Secretary of ASUU at UI, Prof Ayo Akinwole.
He said: “The union was confronted with a situation where government is bent on imposing tuition fees, beginning from N350,000, on students in the Nigerian public-owned tertiary institutions.
“On the question of how the students will raise such money, the government’s answer is that it will establish an Education Bank, where students will access credit facilities and pay back on completion of their studies.
“The union, speaking from the background that education is the right and not a privilege of every Nigerian child, made frantic efforts to make pragmatic explanations on the negative implications and the non-feasibility of this scheme to representatives of government to no avail.”
The zonal coordinator said the objection of the union to the proposed tuition fee increase led to the collapse of 2017/2018 Renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement.
He said: “The union is again constrained to draw the attention of Nigerian public to an impending labour crisis in the Nigerian universities as a result of the insensitivity and non-challance of the Federal Government to issues critical to the survival of the educational system.”
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