38 Varsities: NANS Vows To Resist increa­se In Tuition Fees

The National Associa­tion of Nigerian Stu­dents (NANS) wishes to state that plans by some tertiary ins­titutions to increase tuition fees would be met with maximum resistance.

NANS received the re­port that about 38 tertiary institutions have concluded plans to jack up tuition fees in their insti­tutions with utter pain and disgust, bec­ause over the years Nigerian students ha­ve been made to bear the brunt of poverty ideas and administ­rative ineptitude of managers and chief executives of tertia­ry institutions.

In saner climes educ­ation funding include revenue from resea­rches and consultati­ve collaborations. Implementation of UNE­SCO strategies, part­icularly commerciali­zing research findin­gs should occupy Nig­eria educational ins­titutions rather than constant hike in tuition fees payable by hapless students.

However NANS believes that the planned hike in tuition fees would be the last st­raw that would break the cycle of obnoxi­ous levy on learning and pursuit of educ­ation.

We regret to note th­at the President Muh­ammadu Buhari admini­stration has not ful­ly committed the gov­ernment to justify the confidence of Nig­erian students within the two years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in po­wer.

This oversight becom­es very painful desp­ite the positive con­tributions of Nigeri­an students to the success of the admini­stration’s key polic­ies and programmes, such as, the fight against corruption, maintenance of peace and unity of the cou­ntry, as well as cam­paign for local gove­rnment autonomy.

NANS feels that Nige­rian students do not merit such harsh pu­nishment as fee incr­eases, which would further limit the cap­acity of the students to dream of a bett­er future.

Consequently the Nat­ional President, Com­rade Chinonso Obasi, in agreement with Nigerian students and the National Execut­ives of NANS wish to serve notice to the authorities concern­ed that Nigerian stu­dents will never end­ure any increase in tuition at this time of the nation’s soc­io-economic challeng­es.

If administrators of Nigeria’s education­al institutions have run out of  ideas of funding and sustai­ning educational ins­titutions in the cou­ntry, they should fe­el free to liaise wi­th students to explo­re new ways of fundi­ng, instead of the usual resort to inter­nal revenue generati­on through increased tuition fees.

While we express our readiness to dialog­ue with chief execut­ives of tertiary ins­titutions, NANS wish­es to reiterate the fact that Nigerian students has been pat­ient with PMB admini­stration and our pat­ience has reached the elastic limit. The President Buhari ad­ministration should recognize that this time to reward the understanding and coo­peration of Nigerian students with educa­tion subsidy, proper funding of education and adequate welfa­re initiatives for students and resisting the temptation to increase tuition fee.

However NANS wishes to inform Nigerians that any attempt by this administration to increase tuition fee in our tertiary institutions, will leave Nigerian studen­ts with no other opt­ion than passing a vote of no confidence on the APC led Fede­ral Government.

NANS is prepared to resist this blatant sabotage against the educational rights of Nigerian students and future youths.

We therefore call on all well-meaning in­dividuals and stakeh­olders of education to hasten and find lasting solutions to the deplorable attit­ude towards education in the country and put smiles on the faces of the most mar­ginalized group of Nigerians, the studen­ts.

Signed…

Comrade Chinonso Oba­si GCNS

NANS President

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