By Promise Eze
On Wednesday, 26 July 2023, the Presidency affirmed that federal universities in the country will continue to offer education without tuition fees. According to a statement by the Presidential spokesman, Dele Alake, certain universities have recently introduced “discretionary charges” for services like hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory use, and others. “Those are not tuition fees,” he emphasized. “For avoidance of doubt, federal universities in Nigeria remain tuition-free.”
Last week, some tertiary institutions including the University of Lagos (UNILAG) hiked their fees for new and returning undergraduate students. UNILAG especially hinged the move on what it described as the “prevailing economic realities”.
“After careful deliberations with its stakeholders (students, parents/guardians, staff unions, alumni among others), the University of Lagos Management has reviewed the obligatory fees (mandatory charges for an academic session/year) of new and returning undergraduate students of the University,” the school explained.
“The adjustment in fees which will take effect from the 1st Semester, 2023/2024 Academic Session, is in view of the prevailing economic realities and the need for the University to be able to meet its obligations to its students, staff, and municipal service providers among others. It is also pertinent to note that the University has not increased its obligatory fees in recent years. Management, therefore, seeks the kind understanding and support of students and other stakeholders with the assurance of its commitment towards ensuring that students get the best learning experience.”