Following the increment of fees in federal universities by 200 percent ,the National Association of Academic Technologists has expressed concern saying it may lead to students dropping out of school.
Also NAAT kicked against the dissolution of Universities Governing Boards and asked the Federal Government to reinstate the dissolved boards.
These among others were contained in a statement issued by the NAAT President, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, at the end of its 52nd National Executive Council meeting, which was made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday.
While expressing dissatisfaction over the recent increment in tuition fees in tertiary institutions, the association said that “NAAT is worried and concerned too with the recent development regarding the increase in fees and charges in our Federal Institutions, particularly Universities.
“This development may compel many of our students to drop out of school, occasioned by the current economic hardship facing parents and lack of adequate resources to meet up with economic demands.
“We are aware that over 200% increase in fees and charges are now being imposed by Universities authorities. NAAT, therefore, appeals to the government to consider the plight of the poor and rescind the decision by returning to the status quo until the loan issue is properly addressed.”
However, the association explained that the country’s tertiary operations would be hampered by the dissolution particularly in the areas of recruitment, retention, welfare, contracts, project documentation, and practical and research laboratory facilities.