Thursday, May 12, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: All Federal Universities To Pay The Same Fees – FG






The Federal Government will harmonise
tuition fees in all federal universities to
stop arbitrary charge of fees by some
university authorities. The Minister of
Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, made
this known in Abuja on Tuesday. “Since the
protests started, we have summoned the
authorities of the universities and sat
down with them and we are going to
harmonise everything. “Because, I think it
is N45,000 that is the maximum that
should be charged. I know in some places,
there has been other arrangement. “But the
ministry would harmonise everything and I
believe there will be no more protests over
fees. Universities of Lagos, Ibadan and
Port Harcourt were recently shut down
following students’ protests over increase
in fees, lack of water and power supply on
the campuses. Adamu said that the
Federal Government was discussing with
management of the affected universities,
adding that efforts were also ongoing to
introduce harmonised fees for all federal
universities. Adamu, who decried the
excessive fees charged by private tertiary
institutions in the country, explained that
the government does not have the power
to regulate fees in that sector. “First, I will
agree with you that they charge exorbitant
fees. But I wish I had the power to do
something about it. If I had the power I
would stop them. “But I think the thing is
being treated like a market where you buy
what you can afford. But I do believe the
government should intervene. On the
industrial peace that has prevailed in the
education sector since the inception of the
Buhari administration, Adamu attributed it
to partnership with the unions. He stressed
that the government would strengthen
partnership with all the unions in the
sector to sustain the existing industrial
harmony. “ASUU and the other unions are
very patriotic people who are concerned
about the state of education in Nigeria.
And most of what they do is motivated by
this belief. “So, as far as I am concerned,
they have got fellow travellers in this
administration. “I believe the president and
his ministers are really passionate about
education. And they would want to do
everything to make education succeed. “
ASUU and the administration are going in
the same line. So, we would not have a
ground to disagree. “We are not waiting for
unions to strike before we go to them. So,
we are already making the approach to all
the unions. So, I think there would be no
strikes. The minister pledged government’s
commitment to release N200 billion
annually for the implementation of the
NEEDS Assessment Report, to enhance the
quality and standard of tertiary education.
He added that fate of tertiary education
depended on the full implementation of the
NEEDS Assessment Report, which
according to him, “this government is
committed to deliver’’.


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