THE Federal Government has debunked claims by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), that it is planning to force students in public universities pay three hundred and fifty-thousand-naira tuition fees per session.
The Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr Ade Adejumo, who raised the concerns about fee hike, had told newsmen that the objection of the union to the proposed tuition fee increase led to the collapse of 2017/2018 Renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement.
However while speaking today at the World Teachers’ Day Symposium in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, insisted that the Federal Government institutions are tuition-free.
Echono however stated that the federal government plans to re-establish the Education Bank where students will be able to borrow loan to pay their tuition.
He explained that student loan will not be limited to students in Nigeria alone, adding that there were parents whose children are schooling abroad and are having difficulties getting funds across to them as at the time there are required and would need such loan facilities.