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ASUU raises alarm over FG’s plan to increase tuition fees to 350,000 in public universities

Valentine Chinyem

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised an alarm over the Federal Government’s proposed plan to increase tuition fees to N350,000 per session in public universities.

This was made known by Mr. Ade Adejumo, zonal coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ibadan zone, who disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He said this was the position of the Federal Government Team, led by Dr Wale Babalakin when the team visited the Union at the University of Ibadan.

While calling on Nigerians to support the ASUU against an impending labour crises, over Governments insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians, 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 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 only six weeks, has broken down.

“The reason for this very unfortunate development will appeal most Nigerians. First, the leader of the government team, who was supposed to be an arbiter between the parties, assumed an arrogant attitude that sought to foist a predetermined mindset of government on the union.

“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.

“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 payback on completion of their studies.”

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