The Federal Government has denied media reports that the tuition fees in Federal Universities have been increased in the country.
In a statement on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, Dele Alake, the government said the reports are inaccurate and incorrect.
Alake said the government is aware that some universities recently announced an increase in the amount payable by students on sundry charges.
He, however, said the universities only increased discretionary charges for hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory, and other charges, saying that the hike does not involve tuition fees.
The statement reads: “It was widely reported earlier this week across some news media outlets that the Federal Government had increased tuition fees in federal universities in the country. These reports are inaccurate and not correct.
“We are aware that some universities have in recent weeks announced an increase in the amount payable by students on sundry charges.
”However, the fact remains and we have confirmed that these are discretionary charges by each university for hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory, and other charges. They are not tuition fees.
“Authorities of these universities even made this fact clear enough in explaining the rationale behind these new fees.
“For the avoidance of doubts, federal universities in Nigeria remain tuition-free.”
Alake said the president remains committed to his promise of ensuring that every Nigerian, regardless of the economic situation of their parents has access to quality tertiary education.
He said: “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains committed to his promise of ensuring that every Nigerian, regardless of the economic situation of their parents, has access to quality tertiary education.
“In addition to the Students’ Loans Scheme, under the Student Loans Bill signed into law by President Tinubu last month, which will go into implementation ahead of the next academic session in September, the Federal Government will also strengthen other mechanisms to support indigent students.
“Parts of the government’s plans to make sure all diligent students complete their education on time, notwithstanding their parents’ financial situation, include work-study, merit-based scholarships and grants.”