NAAT Decries 200% Fee Hike by Federal Universities

By Starrys Obazei | July 10, 2023.
starrys@ddnewsonline.com

The National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, has decried the recent 200 percent increase in fees in federal universities, saying that it may lead to students dropping out of school.

It also kicked against the dissolution of Universities’ Governing Boards and asked the Federal Government to reinstate the dissolved boards.

NAAT President, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, at the end of its 52nd National Executive Council meeting, in a statement made all these known to journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

Dissatisfied over the recent increment in tuition fees in tertiary institutions, the association said: “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.”

The association also said that the dissolution of the governing boards of universities was a setback for the growth and development of Nigeria’s tertiary education.

The union argued that the dissolution would cripple the activities of the country’s tertiary institutions, especially in the areas of promotion, motivation, welfare, contracts, and project documentation as well as laboratory facilities for practical and research.

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