Nigerians reacts as House of Reps orders universities to suspend school fees increase
The House of Representatives has requested that the federal government postpone the upcoming increase in tuition at federally funded universities.
The resolution came in response to a motion Aliyu Madaki made on the House floor on Tuesday, July 11, 2023.
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%.
“Federal Universities across the country increased their tuition fees by tuition fees from 100% to 200% while hostel fees were increased from 50% to 100%;
“The Universities that hiked their fees include Bayero University, Kano (BUK), the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the University of Uyo, University of Maiduguri, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike and Federal University, Dutse, among others.
“The hike in fees by the universities is happening against the worsening poverty level in the country, inflation and high rate of unemployment and the recent fuel price hike,” he said.
Therefore, the House recommended the National Universities Commission to stop the Federal Universities’ implementation of the fee hike right away.
Additionally, it instructed the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services (when created) to look into the nationwide increase in Federal University fees in an effort to find long-term solutions to the problems.