Federal universities remained tuition-free – FG

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Abuja, July 26, 2023, The Federal Government on Wednesday denied any increase in tuition fees at the federal universities.

Dele Alake, the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communication and Strategy, said federal universities still remained tuition-free.

He said in a statement that President Bola Tinubu was even working out measures to further make university education accessible to all willing students aside from the Students’ Loans Scheme.

“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.

“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,” the presidency said.

The statement assured Nigerians of President Tinubu’s commitment to ensuring that education is reachable to all Nigerians.

“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,” the statement said.  (GBN)

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