The House of Representatives has requested that the federal government postpone the upcoming increase in tuition at federally funded universities.
The resolution was in response to a motion Aliyu Madaki made on the House floor on Tuesday.
Madaki claims that despite the nation’s deteriorating economic position and rising level of poverty, some schools have raised tuition costs by as much as 200%.
“Tuition fees at federal universities across the nation increased by 100% to 200%, while hostel expenses jumped by 50% to 100%;
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the University of Uyo, the University of Maiduguri, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, and Federal University, Dutse are among the universities that increased their tuition costs.
“The increase in fees by the universities is happening against the worsening poverty level in the country, inflation, high rate of unemployment, and the recent fuel price hike,” he stated.
Therefore, the House recommended the National Universities Commission to stop the Federal Universities’ implementation of the fee hike right away.
In order to find long-term solutions to the problems facing the tertiary education system, it also gave the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services (when created) the authority to look into the nationwide rise in fees charged by Federal Universities.