The Federal Government has said that, its universities remained tuition-free.
The Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Dele Alake, in a press statement said, the recent increment announced by some universities were not tuition fees but discretionary charges by such university for hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory and other charges.
“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.
“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.
Alake however, assured that, President Bola Tinubu is committed to ensuring that every Nigerian, regardless of the economic situation of their parents, will 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”.