June 13, 2024

The national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has called on the federal government to reconsider the recent increase in fees in schools across the country. He emphasized the need for the government to find a suitable solution for the education of the nation’s future leaders.

Mr. Osodeke expressed his concerns regarding the recent fee hikes in unity colleges and some public tertiary institutions. In an interview with journalists in Lagos, he stated that such fee increases could have adverse consequences and be counterproductive.

The University of Lagos recently announced a significant adjustment in mandatory fees for returning and new students, leading to a 400% increase in charges for the 2023/2024 academic session. This move came after consultations with various stakeholders, including students, parents/guardians, staff unions, and alumni.

However, Mr. Osodeke believes that a holistic approach is needed to address the issues at hand, and policies should be centered around the welfare of the people. He mentioned that other institutions, such as Bayero University Kano, Benin, and Abuja, have also announced tuition hikes, which could lead to more students dropping out of school and engaging in social vices due to economic hardships.

The ASUU president urged the current administration to review the situation and find a solution to support the future leaders of the country. He suggested the establishment of a high-powered commission, consisting of individuals of integrity and intelligence, to thoroughly assess the challenges in the education sector, as this approach has been used in the past.

In response to the fee hike, a 400-level engineering student from the University of Lagos expressed concerns about the impact on his academic pursuits, as he is responsible for financing his education. He pleaded with well-meaning Nigerians to intervene and urged President Bola Tinubu to address the situation promptly.

Additionally, a prospective student named Mercy revealed that her parents were reconsidering her admission to the University of Lagos due to the increased fees. The situation has caused uncertainty and stress for students and their families.

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