The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday revealed that the Federal Government is already concluding arrangements to force students in public universities in the country to pay at least N350, 000 tuition fees per session
The Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr. Ade Adejumo, raised the alarm when he addressed journalists at the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council, Ibadan.
Adejumo was accompanied by the union’s chairmen from University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole; Osun State University, Dr. Femi Abanikanda; and Investment Secretary of ASUU in UI, Prof Ayo Akinwole.
He noted that, the vehement objection of the union to the proposed tuition fees, actually led to the collapse of 2017/2018 Renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, adding “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 Nigerian government to issues critical to the survival of the educational system in Nigeria.”
“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 as to how the students will raise such money, the answer that government has 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 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.”
According to ASUU, the leader of the government team, Babalakin, has not dropped the proposed new tuition regime, vowing that the union would resist such outrageous tuition. The union described the development as a ploy to deprive poor masses of their rights to education, saying if the Education Bank is established, many students would not be able to access loans. Adejumo further stated that the move was an agenda of some foreign bodies to continually enslave Nigerians, especially the poor ones.