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FG Abolish Tuition Fee For Federal Universities

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has abolished tuition fees for all Federal Universities.

Thia was disclosed by the Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka, while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday.

He said, henceforth, no federal university should charge tuition fees, saying the law does not allow it.

Anwuka said the National Universities Commission had been directed to clarify and update the council on the matter, as it is against the law for federal universities to do so.

He added that, the council further discussed the school fees being charged by various universities “and noted that as of law, no federal university should charge tuition fees.”

He said: “We understand some universities now charge fees per course unit and we are going to make sure that we investigate that properly and make it stop.

“Students can pay other auxiliary fees, but not in excess. Various university councils and management should be able to fix what fees students should pay that is affordable and acceptable to the students. That is the position.

“The federal government does not determine fees for private and state universities. It only takes responsibility for fees paid in the federal universities.”

The minister also disclosed that the council approved the insurance of provisional licence for the the establishment of Skyline University in Kano.

The Federal Executive Council meeting was presided over by Vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is away in London, for medical check-up.