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No federal university is allowed to charge tuition fees- FG

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Last Updated on August 16, 2023 by Fellow Press

The Federal Government has insisted that no federal university is allowed to charge tuition fees for students in the country.

Mr David Adejo, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, said this at a public hearing by the House of Representatives ad committee on students loans in Abuja.

Adejo said that the recent increase in charges by federal universities in the country was unfortunate.

“What they collect is charges to cover cost of accommodation, ICT, power, among others. It is the Governing Councils of the Universities that has the power to approve such charges for them.

“The only university that increased charges after the signing of the student loans act is the university of Lagos.

“They came to the Ministry with a proposal to Increase their charges because all Governing Councils were dissolved and we gave them approval.

“Immediately that was done, there was a resolution from the House stopping increase I fees and the President also gave a directive stopping any increase in fees and that is where it is, even though several others have brought their proposal,” he said.

Adejo said that the charges collected by the institutions were used to pay for some of their services, including electricity bills.

He faulted claims that the signing of the students loan act was responsible for some of the hike in the university charges.

Adejo said that in spite of the charges, the universities had not been able to meet up with some of their expenses.
He said that modalities had been put in place for the take off of the students loans scheme in the 2023/2024 academic calendar.
Adejo said that President Bola Tinubu had given directive that all necessary works must be completed on the modalities for the take off the scheme to enable its take off in September.
The chairman of the committee, Rep. Teseer Ugbor said the students loan was part of the palliatives by the federal government to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians and to ensure access to higher education by interested Nigerians.

He, however, expressed concern over the disbursement process, the recovery of the funds from beneficiaries as well as the possibility of some students not been able to access the loan.

He call for dialogue in the process of trying to amend the law to ensure that all Nigerian students interested in the loan benefitted from it.

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Why we didn’t join strike– Private school proprietors

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Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Fellow Press

The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Lagos State Chapter, says its members did not join the indefinite labour strike because they believe that strike is not the way to get a solution.

The President of the chapter, Mr Alaka Yusuf, told journalists on Tuesday in Lagos that strike would also disrupt learning and students’ progress.

He said that NAPPS operated on a planned academic calendar and could not afford to lose any day.

While public primary and secondary schools were under lock on Monday and Tuesday due to labour strike, private schools were open for operations.

The nationwide strike was called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The unions protested inclusiveness of negotiations with the Federal Government on a new minimum wage.

NLC and TUC have, however, suspended the strike for a week to give room for continued negotiations on a new minimum wage.

The suspension followed a meeting of the unions with Federal Government representatives on Monday.

Alaka said, “I want to say NAPPS has been advised by our president not go on strike but to be watchful during strike.

“Our schools are not affected, and we must ensure that our students learn adequately.

“We believe we are helping government to bridge the gap in education. When a child is not educated or loses a day to be educated, that child has lost a lot in his or her development.

“For us, going on strike is not a way to get solution to the nation’s problem,” he said.

Alaka said that NAPPS would prefer that NLC and TUC should continue to engage the Federal Government in dialogue for resolution of any conflict.

“However, we expect the government, too, to reason with the citizenry and see that everything that we are doing, especially now that inflation has risen, is commensurate,” Alaka said.

Mrs Adebola Olubodun, Principal of Grimes International College, a private school in Suberu Oje, Alagbado, Lagos State, also told NAN that the school did not go on strike.

”We are in school, teaching and learning are ongoing, students will be having their test this week.

“For us, there is no strike,” Olubodun said.

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FG States when students loan will start in state universities

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Last Updated on May 31, 2024 by Fellow Press

The student loan scheme will be open to state-owned tertiary institutions in three weeks.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, May 30, Akintunde Sawyerr, Managing Director of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), Sawyerr said the fund aims to start receiving applications on June 25. However, he added that the date remains tentative due to factors like data upload by institutions.

He said;

“We will commence accepting applications from students attending state-owned tertiary institutions in three weeks time. We request all state institutions to submit their students data immediately in order to facilitate a smooth and seamless application process.”

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