Reps Urge NUC To Suspend Implementation Of Universities’ Fee Hike

Written by on July 11, 2023

The House of Representatives has called upon the National Universities Commission (NUC) to suspend the implementation of the tuition fee increase in universities.

This request was made during a motion put forward by Aliyu Sani Madaki. Madaki highlighted that several universities, including Bayero University, Kano; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; the University of Uyo; University of Maiduguri; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike; and Federal University, Dutse, among others, had raised their tuition fees.

Lawmakers in the House expressed concerns about the timing of the fee hike, considering the escalating poverty levels, inflation, high unemployment rates, and the recent increase in fuel prices within the country.

They feared that the raised fees could disrupt the education of many students who cannot afford the new costs. It was anticipated that some students would be compelled to defer their studies, while others may be forced to drop out entirely.

Additionally, lawmakers noted that the fee increase had the potential to exacerbate the already volatile situation in the country.

They expressed concerns that students were already issuing threats, which could lead to a widespread uprising against the Federal Government, resulting in severe consequences for the nation as a whole.

Furthermore, the House urged the Federal Government to reverse the recent tuition fee hike in Unity secondary schools.

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