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PRESIDENCY: Federal varsities remains tuition-free

The Tinubu administration has said that federal universities in the country remain tuition-free.

Bola Tinubu, President of the Federal republic of Nigeria
Bola Tinubu, President of the Federal republic of Nigeria

The Tinubu administration has said that federal universities in the country remain tuition-free.

The presidency was reacting to the development where some federal universities and unity schools had announced a hike in school fees for new and returning students.

In a statement on Wednesday, Dele Alake, special adviser on special duties, communications and strategy to President Bola Tinubu, said the hike in school fees by some universities are “discretionary charges” being charged by the universities.

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Alake said the hike was for hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory and other charges. They are not tuition fees”.

“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,” the statement reads.

“We are aware that some universities have in recent weeks announced increase in the amount payable by students on sundry charges.

“However, the fact remains and we have confirmed that these are discretionary charges by each university for hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory and other charges. They are not tuition fees.

“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.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains committed to his promise of ensuring that every Nigerian, regardless of the economic situation of their parents, 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.”

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