Dr. Ade Adejumo, Zonal Coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), while addressing journalists on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, in Ibadan stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria is planning to make federal Universities students pay a whooping amount of three hundred and fifty thousand naira (minimum) as tuition fee.
According to Punch, Adejumo stated it was mandatory for ASSU to inform the general public that there could be labor crisis in fed universities. He said the proposal led to the breakdown of the 2017/18 renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement.
“The union is again constrained to draw the attention of Nigerian public to an impending labor crisis in the Nigerian Universities as a result of the insensitivity of the Nigerian government to issues critical to the survival of the educational system in Nigeria.
“It is no longer news that the renegotiation which the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu promised was going to last for six weeks has broken down.
“The union was confronted with a situation where the government is bent on imposing tuition fees beginning from N350,000 on students in the Nigerian public owned tertiary institutions.
“As to how the students will raise such money, we were told that the government will establish Education Bank were 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 the 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,” Dr. Adejumo stated.
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