ASUU refutes reports on varsities’ tuition increase
• More varsities deny increasing tuition fees
• Bayero defends hike in registration charges
• NANS vows to resist increase
The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI) Chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, has denied media reports quoting him to have alleged that 38 federal universities have increased their tuition fees.
He described the reports as “mischievous and devilish.”Omole said he was never in Abuja and did not speak with any medium let alone issue any release concerning fees’ jack-up in varsities.
Meanwhile, the authorities of some universities have denied the recent report listing them among the federal universities that have increased their tuition fees. Deputy Director, Information, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Mr. Kunle Akogun, yesterday in a statement issued in Ilorin said UNILORIN had never and would never charge its students tuition fees, but utility fees described as “little”.
In a similar vein, the managements of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and University of Lagos (UNILAG) have refuted the allegation that they increased tuition fees.
FUTA’s Head of Information and Protocol, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo in Akure yesterday, said: “For the avoidance of doubt, no such decision has been taken at any level in the university. The fees payable by students remain what they were before the erroneous report.
The UNILAG said fresh and returning students were only charged obligatory fees depending on their status. Similarly, the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Kayode Alese, disclosed that “school fees have not been increased in the last five years and the entire university community is requested to disregard the purported increase in the fees.”
Besides, Bayero University, Kano, yesterday denied the allegation that it had increased tuition fees.The BUK Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Adamu Tanko, told The Guardian that students only pay for service charges, which vary depending on request from their departments.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said the plans by some tertiary institutions to increase tuition fees would be met with maximum resistance.
NANS National President, Chinonso Obasi, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, noted that Nigerian students have been made to bear the brunt of poverty ideas and administrative ineptitude of managers and chief executives of tertiary institutions.
He said: “NANS wishes to inform Nigerians that any attempt by this administration to increase tuition fees in our tertiary institutions will leave Nigerian students with no other option than passing a vote of no confidence on the APC-led Federal Government.”
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