Written by Godfrey AKON

FG: ASUU lied over tuition fee increase

Claims by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, that the Federal Government plans to introduce tuition in all federal universities have been described as baseless, false and without any iota of truth.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who issued the rebuttal in a statement, said the allegations are aimed at causing disaffection between parents, students and other stakeholders with the government.

Adamu reassured that the government does not plan to increase tuition fees in all its tertiary institutions nor commercialize education through the establishment of the proposed education bank.

ASUU, through its Ibadan Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Ade Adejumo, had raised an alarm over plans by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to introduce a tuition fee of N350,000 in all federal universities.

Adejumo said the union’s opposition to the proposed tuition fee increase led to the collapse of the 2017/2018 renegotiation of the 2009 agreement the federal government had with ASUU.

But Adamu made it categorically clear that there were no such plans, and however revealed that government was consulting with relevant stakeholders, including ASUU, to adopt a sustainable funding model for education particularly, for the poor and vulnerable segments of our society.

“The proposed education bank is aimed at providing all education stakeholders with the ability to obtain long term loans at concessionary interest rate to upgrade infrastructure in schools and for those interested to obtain loans to advance the cause of education in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, federal universities in the country are currently tuition-free institutions, making them affordable for all categories of subscribers.

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