Claims of any increase in the country’s federal universities’ tuition fee have been unequivocally denied by the Presidency.
Presidency has also said that tuition fees remain free for federal universities.
The statement follows extensive media reports earlier this week that claimed that tuition prices had increased.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the presidential spokesman Dele Alake made it clear that the recent pronouncements regarding discretionary charges made by various colleges had nothing to do with tuition costs.
The message went on to clarify that the fees cover a variety of things, including hostel lodging, registration, lab usage, and other miscellaneous costs.
All students are still eligible for a tuition-free education at Federal Universities, according to the statement.
‘’President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is unwavering in his commitment to providing quality tertiary education for every Nigerians, has taken significant steps to ensure access to higher education remains unhampered, ‘’the statement said.
It said, “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 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 avoidance of doubts, federal universities in Nigeria remain tuition-free.
“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains committed to his promise of ensuring that every Nigerian, regardless of the economic situation of their parents, have 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,” it stated.